What Happened: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan publicly unveiled the country’s first National Security Policy (NSP), which concerns economic security, citizen-centric national security and economic diplomacy, Dawn reported Jan. 14. The policy will remain in effect from 2022-2027.
Why It Matters: The NSP will facilitate Pakistan’s active engagement with China and other Central Asian states, and it highlights a balanced approach to security by recognizing the country’s economic and social factors. Economic security in the long term could correct Pakistan’s cyclical debts and unsustainable growth, but this is an ambitious goal given the country’s current economic and geopolitical conditions.
Background: Pakistan adopted the NSP in December 2021, and opposition parties that were not consulted have already expressed their discontent.