New Delhi: Pakistan has maintained an extremely hostile stand against India but now its new security policy is calling for a better relationship with India. The 100-page Pakistan National Security Policy, which will be unveiled on Friday by its Prime Minister Imran Khan, states that the country will work towards peace with India for the next 100 years.
Apart from seeking peace, the policy also mentions developing trade and business ties with its western neighbour without final settlement of the Kashmir issue. “We are not seeking hostility with India for the next 100 years. The new policy seeks peace with immediate neighbours,” Pakistan’s The Express Tribune news portal quoted an unidentified official as saying.
But the policy also makes it clear that Kashmir remains a “vital national policy” even though it calls for peace 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,” the official added.
The official also stressed the policy was finalised after “inputs were taken from all the federal, provincial institutions as well as military and other departments”, which will be reviewed every year and at the time of change of government in the country.
Pakistan’s fixation with Kashmir has resulted in heavy military presence along the Line of Control (LoC) from both the sides. Its overt support to terror organisations active in Jammu and Kashmir has been a source of tension with India for well over three decades now.
Moreover, Pakistan has been actively involved backing Khalistani terror groups in the Punjab, too, and has been pushing drugs as well as arms and ammunition into the state.
While Imran Khan will unveil the first 50 pages of the National Security Policy, the remaining 50 pages will remain classified. The policy will be an “umbrella document” from 2022 to 2026.
Covering Pakistan’s internal as well as foreign affairs, the National Security Policy will be the first-ever codified national security policy of the country.