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ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday, in a meeting has pointed out on a possibility of a new security policy to meet present day challenges.This new policy is said to to be inspired by foreign models. The indication from interior secretary Rehman Malik came during a debate on national security after prominent Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)...

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 19, 2008 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 19, 2008 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
New security policy to be inspired by foreign models

ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday, in a meeting has pointed out on a possibility of a new security policy to meet present day challenges.This new policy is said to to be inspired by foreign models.

The indication from interior secretary Rehman Malik came during a debate on national security after prominent Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) representative Ahsan Iqbal, called for an “integrated national security policy” which, he said, should bridge the traditional gap of thinking between civilian leadership and the military and be overseen by the recently reactivated Defence Committee of the Cabinet.

Mr. Iqbal had proposed a study of the Saudi Arabia’s model to tackle terrorism, which he said was not only punitive but also reformative and had been a success. “We are studying the Saudi system and also of (strife-torn) Sri Lanka,” Mr Malik said, promising to incorporate the PML-N member’s proposals in “what we are doing in the process of national security,” which he did not elaborate.

The adviser also promised to sit with the PML-N member to discuss the issue and said the government was doing everything possible for national security for which “we should rise above party politics.”

Mr Iqbal gave an incisive critique of the government’s actions and perceived inactions to face allegations of Pakistani connections of last month’s terror attacks in Mumbai and lamented a perceived failure to counter what he called India’s diplomatic and media “offensive” to blame Pakistan for “their own domestic contradictions and failures’ that he said led to terrorism there.

He also accused India of damaging the process of confidence-building in South Asia by going to the UN Security Council over the Nov 26 attacks, bypassing a new democratic Pakistani government while a new focus on Kashmir dispute was expected with the advent of President-elect Barack Obama’s government in the United States.

Mr Iqbal said the PML-N, which is the largest opposition party in the lower house after withdrawing from the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government in May, also wanted peaceful relations with India “but we believe in peace with dignity and strength.”

He cited an allegedly defective governance and a dichotomy of powers — “we don’t know whether to look to the prime minister or the presidency’ for the exercise of powers — as Pakistan’s handicaps in facing external threats and called for an early annulment of the controversial 17th Amendment of the Constitution to restore traditional prime ministerial powers now being exercised by the presidency.”

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