NSA presents first-ever national security policy draft Draft outlines challenges, opportunities facing Pakistan

Staff Reporter

The National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf presented on Monday the first-ever draft of the national security policy before the Parliamentary Committee on National Security amid opposition parties’ boycott of the meeting.

The NSA, while putting the economic and military security at the core of policy, told the lawmakers that the draft outlines the challenges and opportunities facing Pakistan in coming years and would provide policy guidelines for mitigation and actualising opportunities through a “whole-of-government approach”.

Surprisingly, the NSA revealed, the draft was a result of the consultations with the stakeholders for the last seven years, adding it could be reviewed each year to keep it abreast with policy priorities in a fast changing global environment.

The attendees revealed that the NSA shed light on country’s economy, food, military and water security as well as discussed population growth, terrorism and foreign policy, especially, regarding Kashmir and Afghan issues and relations with other countries in the region and beyond.

Though the opposition boycotted the briefing, the conspicuous absence of Prime Minister Imran Khan, key federal ministers, MNAs and Senators was noticed.

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