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Moeed Yusuf urges political leadership to refrain from playing politics on NSP

Says the National Security Policy encompasses key framework on human, economic and military security besides prosperity of man in the street

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Lahore: The National Security Policy (NSP) was a non-political document and the political leadership of the country should accept it in the larger national interest, National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf said Saturday.

Talking to senior journalists, columnists, editors and anchors here at the Governor’s House, he said the National Security policy was a first-ever document in the security history of the country which embodied aspirations of all and sundry.

"NSP encompassed key framework on human security, economic security, military security and prosperity of man in the street."

Yusuf urged the political leadership of the country to refrain from playing politics on the security paper, adding that the National Security Policy would address both traditional and non-traditional security challenges, besides challenges to economy, food, water, military security, terrorism, unity and diversity and foreign relations with major powers.

To a question, he said the NSP was an executive prerogative of the government and had been approved by the National Security Committee headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan and the cabinet.

“NSP does not need to be laid before the parliament as it had duly been presented before the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) – representative body of the parliament’, he responded, adding that the members of committees were not present on the day.

He further clarified the parliament was unanimous that the matters of national security should be presented before the PCNS instead of being debated in the house, adding that he had also briefed Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence in a separate meeting.

Moeed, responding to a query, said the National security Policy had been adopted for a period of five years with a mandatory annual review while a new government could also review the security policy.

He said the economic security at the heart of National Security Policy unlike the previous policies which revolved around peace, adding that the government believed in economic diplomacy.

Regarding connectivity of commerce, he said it had been for the first time in the 75 year history of the country that a strategy had been put forth vis a vis linkages with the Central Asian states, adding that blue economy had also remained untapped in the past but the government had adopted a plan to make the country economically self-sufficient and the economic prosperity could ensure national security.

On relations with India, the NSA said illogical approach of the Indian government was a obstacle in smooth relations with India, adding that Kashmir was the core issue between Pakistan and India.

He said the world was well-aware of India’s jingoism as Modi had emerged as the descendent of Hitler, adding that India was not a safe country for the minorities today.
“Pakistan wishes to move forward with India but its conditions are well-defined while we can go as far as the neighbor does”, he maintained.

Regarding Afghanistan, he said things were far better pre-August 15 scenario, adding that country’s diplomatic relations with neighboring Afghanistan were on a high today. He further said the TTP was behind the singular border incidents since it had the requisite capacity, adding that it wanted to assert its nuisance value but it was not significant.

To a question, Moeed Yusuf said China-Pakistan relations were non-negotiable, adding that neither China nor the U.S. had asked Pakistan to sever ties with any other country of the world.

He said it had been the first that the country’s National Security Policy had defined importance of ties with various countries of the world.

On illegal immigrants, the NSA said repatriation of the refugees would be carried out in a dignified manner, adding that the action would be initiated against the illegal national identity card holders.

On business-friendly policies, Moeed Yusuf said all countries of the world, including Turkey, Malaysia and even Saudi Arabia, introduced investment friendly policies, adding that Pakistan would also facilities investors from China, United Sates or any country of the world.

“I have firm belief in the comprehensiveness of the National Security Policy and the key direction will not be reversed by the subsequent governments, although they may review it”, Moeed responded.

SOURCE: APP

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Mr. Ghumman is a seasoned journalist who has 19 years of diversified experience in print, electronic and digital media. He has worked with 92 News HD, Daily Pakistan Today, Daily The Business, Daily Dawn, Daily Times and Pakistan Observer as News Reporter, Feature Writer, Editor, Web Content Editor and Article Writer. Mr Ghumman has graduated from the Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan and is currently enrolled in M.Phil in Mass Communication at the University of Punjab.

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Extreme winter to frost people as light rain, snow expected in parts of country

A weather system of light to moderate intensity is expected to approach western and upper parts of the country

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Extreme winter to frost people as light rain, snow expected in parts of country

Islamabad: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast rain and snowfall for the hilly areas from Tuesday till Thursday and advised all the authorities concerned to remain vigilant.

A weather system of light to moderate intensity is expected to approach western and upper parts of the country from Tuesday and may persist in upper parts till Thursday. 

Rain with snowfall is expected in Quetta, Ziarat, Pishin, Zhob, Qila Abdullah, Kohlu and Barkhan on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rain with snowfall over the hills (light to moderate falls) is expected in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Islamabad, Chitral, Dir, Kalam, Swat, Malakand, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Swabi, Mardan, Nowshera, Peshawar, Charsadda, Bajaur, Kurram,

Waziristan, Kohat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Sargodha, Khushab, Mianwali, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore and Kasur from Tuesday to Thursday (morning). Light to moderate snowfall is expected in Murree, Galliyat, Nathiagali, Kaghan, Naran, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Astore, Hunza, Gilgit, Neelum Valley, Bagh and Haveli districts from Tuesday night to Thursday.

About the possible impacts of the rain, the PMD indicated that rain will be beneficial for the wheat crops in Barani areas. Landslides in the vulnerable areas of Dir, Malakand, Hazara, Swat, Kohistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir are also possible on Tuesday or Wednesday. The prevailing dense foggy conditions are likely to subside.

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Govt wants to hold talks with opposition for reforms in electoral process, says Fawad

“Such a leader not considered respectful,” Fawad said.

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Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Monday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government wants to hold talks with the opposition for reforms in electoral process and judicial as well as accountability systems. 

On his official twitter handle, the federal minister said this is not possible without negotiations with the opposition. 

However, minister said, the corrupt leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is not interested to discuss any issue except relief in this cases. 

He further added that if the PML-N detaches itself from the ‘Sharif family’, it would be a positive development.  

“The political parties need to change the leadership involved in moral and financial corruption,” added minister. 

Criticizing PML-N’s Supremo, Fawad said that Nawaz Sharif left his workers behind and went to London in difficult times.

“Such a leader not considered respectful,” he said.

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Sindh announces pay cuts govt employees for not wearing mask

Sindh government directed authorities to deduct one day's salary of all government officials and employees who do not wear a face mask

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Karachi: The Sindh government has announced to deduct one day salary of all government officials and employees who do not wear a face mask on Sunday.

According to the details, the Sindh government directed authorities to deduct one day's salary of all government officials and employees who do not wear a face mask. The directives have been issued in view of the rising cases of COVID-19 in the province.

A day earlier, a meeting of the provincial coronavirus task force was chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah at the CM House during which the Shah stated that officials who do not wear masks will face a fine.

It was proposed that one day's wage be deducted from the pay of any government employee who does not wear a mask in the workplace.

Meanwhile, Pakistan witnessed an enormous spike in its daily tally of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after as many as 4,027 new infections were logged in the last 24 hours, according to morning update by ministry of health.

The country’s positivity rate now stands at 7.8% when 4,027 fresh cases were reported. The cumulative tally of the country has now climbed to 1,324,147.

As the fifth wave of COVID-19 intensifies in Pakistan reported 4,027 new coronavirus infections, a new daily record, with authorities linking the spike with the Omicron variant of virus.  

According to the latest figures issued by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 3,567 persons were tested positive while 7 died in the past 24 hours— taking Pakistan's COVID death toll to 29,012.   

As many as 1,263,584 patients have recovered from the disease. 

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 452,261 in the province with 13,088 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 499,830 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,694.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 182,199 in the province with 5,958 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,699 confirmed cases while 367 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,750 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 749. On the other hand, there are 10,445 cases in GB with 187 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 110,963 cases in the capital city while 969 people have lost their lives.  

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