Pakistan on Friday launched its first-ever comprehensive national security policy it said focused on regional peace and economic connectivity, stressing that it wanted better relations with arch-rival neighboring India.
Seven years in the making, the national security policy is intended to be a comprehensive framework linking policies across sectors. Economic security is listed as a top priority.
“I am convinced that effective implementation of this policy will greatly contribute to the economic security of our country,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said at an event to launch the public version of the policy in Islamabad.
Officials say the details of the policy, drafted by a department headed by civilian and military leaders, will remain confidential.
The policy revolves around seeking peace with neighbors and exploring opportunities to make Pakistan a center of trade and investment.
“Pakistan stands ready to take advantage of its geo-economically critical location to operate as a manufacturing, trade and investment and connectivity hub for our wider region to strengthen our economic security,” the policy document said.
It also sought peace and better relations with rival India, but warned that the policies of its eastern neighbor could lead to conflict.
“The political exploitation of a policy of belligerence against Pakistan by India’s leadership has led to the threat of military adventurism and contactless warfare in our immediate east,” the report said.
Pakistan and India, both of which have nuclear weapons, have fought three wars since 1947 and had a number of military skirmishes – most recently limited engagement between their air forces in 2019.
Pakistan has long been viewed by analysts as a security state, where military policy has always trumped other considerations.
Apart from three wars with India, Pakistan has been embroiled in two wars in neighboring Afghanistan, and has also faced violent Islamist militants and separatist movements.
“It’s like summarizing a wish list of Pakistani concerns and aspirations, but without reference to a lack of resources or how consensus will be reached,” author and defense analyst Ayesha Siddiqa told Reuters.
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