ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan today introduced the the public version of the country’s first-ever National Security Policy (NSP), which will be based on a multi-pronged strategy for the future to ensure the protection of its citizens and guard economic interests.
The NSP was approved by the federal cabinet on December 28, a day after it got the nod of the National Security Committee.
The policy defines the direction the country should take in the coming years. Its makers are said to have taken a citizen-centric approach to national security and placed a special emphasis on economic security.
Highlighting key facets of the policy in his address in Islamabad today, the premier noted that governments’ mindsets since the country’s inception were to focus on military security and they never planned beyond it.
Khan said Pakistan needed to have inclusive growth, but “compulsions to acquire loans from institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) put the national economy at risk”.
He lamented that the country never had a plan to secure itself economically.
“The concept we have now brought to Pakistan is to make sure of the uplift of the vulnerable segment,” he said, adding the nation will remain insecure if the rich kept becoming richer with no measures in place to protect the downtrodden segment from economic meltdown.
Imran said his government introduced health cards as well, along with unveiling a single national curriculum to remove the disparity of resources among the masses.
Khan also stressed the need for boosting exports, saying no country could flourish economically if the volume of its exports was far smaller than its imports.
PM Khan highlighted that the rule of law was significant in making a country prosperous and safe for its people.