Analysts hail country’s first-ever national security policy

Najam ul Saqib (former Ambassador) The policy of “comprehensive national security” has not yet been revealed to the public and no one can offer any prophecy about it. Yet this is a constructive development in Pakistan’s history, as national security policy is essential for every country to ensure its survival by suppressing tacit or explicit existential threats. In addition, Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders noted their consensus on one single issue. The rationale for formulating this policy can be illustrated by the fact that Pakistan has focused its shift from geopolitics to geoeconomics. Thus, while pursuing geo-economic policies to achieve the relevant objectives, Pakistan will face obstacles at the tactical level. Thus, to counter these tactical obstacles, this policy document will help design a mitigation strategy. It will be a radical statement if this policy is called a guiding principle for foreign and nuclear policy, because the precursors of these policies are still in flux and intangible. Overall, the recently approved Comprehensive National Security Policy will include a range of policies to deter traditional and non-traditional security threats.

Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi (reporter at The News / IR Expert): The National Security Committee should be commended for having reached the milestone of producing a conclusive document on national security policy in 16 long years. Previously, the lack of innovations in the political framework limited the vision of our statesmen as well as that of our nationals of national security as a reinforcement of the military force. Issues like climate change, gender discrimination and other issues that were considered low politics discussions will be conglomerated with high politics. As the policy itself is multifaceted, the contribution also comes from different ministries. Thus, the bureaucratic and organizational interests of the ministries will become coherent and lead to the acquisition of objectives of national interest.

Brig Retd Harris Nawaz (Defense Analyst) It was very clear since the unceremonious exodus of the United States from Afghanistan that the United States would use tools of economic subversion to cover up its humiliation. The United States and its allied states are forcing Afghanistan to design the structural stratification and functional specifications of the new Afghanistan in accordance with their political dictates. The small United States knows that an unstable Afghanistan could fall back into the hands of anarchist organizations like ISIS, ETIM, etc. The United States does not unfreeze Afghan funds under the guise of human rights concerns. Conversely, the United States itself has inflicted relentless human rights abuses and infrastructure destruction in Afghanistan. So, it is the moral obligation of the United States and the United Nations to clean up their mess. Pakistan is vigilant that the United States has always wanted an unstable Afghanistan to constrain Pakistan. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has openly let the world know that Pakistan wants peace in the whole region. MENA countries that were seen as sympathizers of Afghanistan are also waiting for a green signal from the United States. It is high time that the 57 Muslim states of the world unite for a common cause while leaving behind their parochial national interest to challenge the shackles of the Western world order.

Brig Retd Mahmood Shah (Expert RI) The start of the OIC Extraordinary Session is an inexplicable diplomatic triumph for Pakistan at the international level. It is quite evident that the position of the United States and its allies has been relaxed as a result of diplomatic pressure from Pakistan. The PTI-led government should be commended for its laudable efforts for war-torn Afghanistan. Afghanistan has remained the graveyard of the Great Empires and even in contemporary times the two superpowers have wreaked havoc on the land of the Afghan people. The recent Taliban takeover has been accompanied by a severe economic recession and some fear that, left unattended, it could turn into a humanitarian crisis. Western powers have always tried to destabilize Third World countries by dividing them on the basis of border demarcations. The West should stop insinuating border disputes and should focus on a policy of appeasement to repent of their demonic activities.

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