Proac­tive re­sponses to na­tional se­cu­rity chal­lenges needed

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF REPORTER

IS­LAM­ABAD—Government needs to proac­tively re­spond to emerg­ing na­tional se­cu­rity risks and threats par­tic­u­larly the non-tra­di­tional chal­lenges, ex­perts said on Mon­day. The ex­perts were speak­ing on the first day of a three-day work­shop on ‘Na­tional Se­cu­rity, De­ter­rence and Re­gional Sta­bil­ity in South Asia’ or­ga­nized by an Is­lam­abad based think tank Strate­gic Vi­sion In­sti­tute (SVI).

The work­shop is be­ing at­tended by mid-ca­reer civil and mil­i­tary of­fi­cers, stu­dents and jour­nal­ists. SVI has reg­u­larly been or­ga­niz­ing work­shops for young pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents to pro­vide them an op­por­tu­nity to ex­change views with ex­perts on is­sues re­lated to na­tional se­cu­rity and strate­gic sta­bil­ity. Former De­fense Sec­re­tary Lt Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Ma­lik, who was the chief guest at the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion, said peo­ple were the “pivot of se­cu­rity” as it (the se­cu­rity) comes from the confidence of the cit­i­zens in the state. He re­gret­ted that sense was miss­ing in the coun­try.

“Big­gest threat to Pak­istan is from the pa­thetic state of gov­er­nance,” he main­tained. He called for a com­plete over­haul of the gov­er­nance with spe­cial em­pha­sis on for­eign and eco­nomic poli­cies. Gen Ma­lik said Pak­istan was known for its re­silience, but lacked “sin­cere lead­er­ship, which is ded­i­cated to the na­tional cause and has vi­sion to rise”. Pak­istan, he re­called, was “a prod­uct of con­flict” and has strug­gled to come out of that mode. There­fore, he sug­gested, na­tional se­cu­rity has re­mained at the fore­front of the suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments in the coun­try. Speak­ing about the per­ceived en­cir­clement of the coun­try, he said, it was a for­eign pol­icy fail­ure caused by ab­sence of a full time for­eign min­is­ter and a dys­func­tional For­eign Of­fice.

Of­fi­cials of SIU Cap­i­tal Po­lice pre­sent­ing ar­rested gang of rob­bers be­fore me­dia.

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