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Pakistan's new national security policy seeks "peace" with India

Pakistan’s new national security policy aims to seek "peace" with India for the next 100 years. The policy will be introduced by Pakistan’s P.M. Imran Khan on Friday, January 14.

The five-year policy document, 2022–2026, aims to look into internal and foreign issues while also allowing free trade and economic ties without waiting for the final resolution of the "Kashmir" matter.

The new security policy of Pakistan is working in accordance with Pakistan’s chief army, Qamar Javed Bajwa’s statement to "bury the past" and further focus on foreign policy.

According to the Express Tribune newspaper, the central theme of this national security policy is to immediately bring into effect peace and economic diplomacy with its neighbouring countries.

While offering a preview of its national security policy, an official from Islamabad made a statement in front of the media saying that for the next 100 years, Pakistan would not pursue "hostility" with India. Economic security will be the central theme of the new national security policy... But geo-economics does not necessarily mean we overlook our geo-strategic and geo-political interests, "Pakistani media quoted the official.

"The national security policy for 2022–2026 seeks a shift in Pakistan's approach from geo-strategic to geo-economic," said the official in a background briefing for journalists. He further clarified that there was no likelihood of reconciliation under the current ruling party in India.

"The policy places economic security as the core of comprehensive security because it recognises that only through the increasing prosperity of our citizens and the overall national resources, can Pakistan invest more in strengthening human security and traditional security," Yusuf said during an in-camera session.

Economic security should be the main motto of the country, as said by Pakistan’s national security advisor, Moeed Yusuf.

After India revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status in 2019, relations between Pakistan and India deteriorated. Pakistan has broken its promise in terms of reopening imports from India, saying that it would be extremely difficult to continue ties between both countries unless India reconsiders its August 5, 2019 decision (special status to J & K).

Before revoking special status in J & K, Pakistan had already, in the past, refused to grant MFN (most favoured nation) treatment to India.

Will this new national security policy bring the long-ongoing conflicts between the two nations finally to an end?


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