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Pakistan stresses on peace, economic connectivity in security policy for the first time

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Pakistan on Friday launched its first comprehensive national security policy, which it described as focused on regional peace and economic connectivity and asserted that it wants better relations with arch-rival India.

The National Security Policy, seven years in the making, is meant to serve as a comprehensive framework for linking together policies in various sectors. Economic security is listed as a top priority.

Speaking at an event to launch the public version of the policy in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “I am confident that effective implementation of this policy will contribute greatly to the economic security of our country.”

Officials say the details of the policy, drawn up by the department, led jointly by civilian and military leaders, will remain confidential.

The policy revolves around exploring opportunities to seek peace with neighbors and make Pakistan a trade and investment hub.

The policy document states, “Pakistan will take advantage of its geo-economically important location to serve as a production, trade and investment, and connectivity hub for our wider region to strengthen our economic security.” ready for.”

It also called for peace and better relations with rival India but warned that policies being pursued by its eastern neighbor could lead to conflict.

“The political exploitation of a policy of war towards Pakistan by the Indian leadership threatens military misadventure and non-contact war in our immediate east,” it said.

Pakistan and India, both possess nuclear weapons, have fought three wars since 1947 and have had several military skirmishes – most recently in 2019 with limited engagement between their air forces.

Pakistan has long been regarded by analysts as a security state, where military policy has always outpaced other considerations.

In addition to three wars with India, Pakistan is embroiled in two wars in neighboring Afghanistan, and has also dealt with violent Islamic extremism and separatist movements.

“It’s like summarizing a wish list of concerns for Pakistan and ambitions, but with no reference to a lack of resources or how consensus will be developed,” author and defense analyst Ayesha Siddiqa told Reuters.

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