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PM Imran Khan launches first-ever National Security Policy

National Security policy articulates a citizen-centric framework, placing economic security at its core and seeking a secure and economically resilient Pakistan

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday has signed the public version of the first-ever citizen-centric National Security Policy of Pakistan for the years 2022-2026.

Addressing the ceremony, the premier said that the previous governments had failed to strengthen the country’s economy. National security has been clearly explained in the new policy, he added.

PM Imran said that the government approached International Monetary Fund (IMF) due to deteriorating condition of the country.

The prime minister said, “Inclusive growth means not only to uplift the poor people but also the neglected areas… (In such case) every common man becomes a stakeholder to protect the state… The biggest security is when people stand behind state for its protection”.

The prime minister, who earlier signed the historic document, appreciated the National Security Division for formulating a policy based on the consensus of the whole state and defining the national security in a “right manner”.

First of its kind in Pakistan’s history, the National Security policy articulates a citizen-centric framework, placing economic security at its core and seeking a secure and economically resilient Pakistan. The formulation process of the policy includes multiple consultations with official stakeholders and input from over 600 individuals, including national security experts.

The prime minister said the NSP would also help correct the dimension and help the whole government machinery to move in one direction for achieving national security and stability.

Federal ministers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, all services chiefs, diplomats, senior civil and military officers attended the launching ceremony.

The prime minister emphasized that our armed forces were our pride and glued the nation together. Given the threats we face in the region, and the growing threat of hybrid warfare, they would continue to receive even greater support and importance.

The prime minister explained the significance of his government’s successful initiative of producing the National Security Policy calling it a major priority of his government.

He also highlighted the importance of the policy’s successful implementation and announced that the National Security Committee (NSC) will regularly review progress.

He said the NSP centered on the government’s vision, which believes that the security of Pakistan rested in the security of its citizens.

Any national security approach must prioritize national cohesion and the prosperity of people, while guaranteeing fundamental rights and social justice without discrimination, he added.

The prime minister said in order to achieve the vast potential of the citizens, it was necessary to promote delivery-based good governance.

Prime Minister explained that the foremost aim of the foreign policy and military capability would remain peace and stability in the region and beyond.

Our foreign policy will also focus much more on economic diplomacy going forward, he remarked.

National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf, in his remarks, briefly explained the National Security Policy vision and thanked the Prime Minister and all officials for their constant support.

He said that the National Security Policy has taken a broad view of national security as both traditional and non-traditional issues impacted the country’s security.

While the National Security Policy is centered around economic security, the geo-strategic and geo-political imperatives also feature prominently to strengthen Pakistan security and standing in the world, he remarked.

He highlighted that this was a document finalized after full civil-military consensus.

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UAE intends to invest in diverse sectors of Pakistan: PM

Both brotherly countries are very keen to further strengthen their multifaceted relationship.

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says United Arab Emirates (UAE) is going to make investment in various sectors of Pakistan.

In a tweet, he said both brotherly countries are very keen to further strengthen their multifaceted relationship.

Terming Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan as his brother, the Prime Minister extended thanked him for investment in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a telephonic conversation with Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

The two leaders exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.

Pakistan and Qatar enjoy close and cordial relations and Qatar is home to over two hundred thousand Pakistani diaspora that is playing a pivotal role in development of both countries.

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PM, COAS congratulate Arshad Nadeem for winning gold medal in CWG

His consistency, passion, and hard work hold lessons for our youth.

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated Arshad Nadeem for winning gold medal in the  Javelin throw competition at the Commonwealth Games 2022. 

In a tweet on Monday, the premier said that Arshad Nadeem has made Pakistan proud, adding that his consistency, passion, and hard work hold lessons for our youth.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also felicitated Arshad Nadeem for setting a new record and creating history with his exceptional performance at the Commonwealth games. 

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Any attack on a nuclear plant ‘suicidal’: UN Chief 

At a press conference in Tokyo, Guterres condemned such attacks without saying either side was responsible.

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Any attack on a nuclear plant is “suicidal”, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday after fresh shelling hit a huge atomic power complex in southern Ukraine.

Moscow and Kyiv blame each other for the latest strike at the Zaporizhzhia plant, Europe’s largest nuclear power site, which has been under Russian control since the early days of the war.

The fighting on Friday at the plant has prompted the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to warn of “the very real risk of a nuclear disaster”.

At a press conference in Tokyo, Guterres condemned such attacks without saying either side was responsible.

“We support the IAEA on their efforts in relation to create the conditions of stabilisation of that plant,” he said.

“Any attack to a nuclear plant is a suicidal thing. I hope that those attacks will end, and at the same time I hope that the IAEA will be able to access the plant.”

His comments followed a visit to Hiroshima over the weekend, where Guterres gave a speech to mark the 77th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear bomb attack.

In the Japanese city on Saturday, he warned that “humanity is playing with a loaded gun” as crises with the potential for nuclear disaster proliferate worldwide, from Ukraine to the Middle East and the Korean peninsula.

The Portuguese 73-year-old also delivered a stark warning against the horrors of atomic weapons a week ago in New York at a key nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference, which he reiterated on Monday.

“We are witnessing a radicalisation in the geopolitical situation that makes the risk of a nuclear war again something we cannot completely forget,” he said.

When asked about China’s massive military exercises around Taiwan, sparked by a visit last week to the self-ruled island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Guterres said the UN “abides by a resolution of the General Assembly, the so-called One China policy”.

“But we all want that resolution to correspond to a peaceful environment,” he said, calling for common sense and restraint to allow for an “extremely important” de-escalation.

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