‘IMF conditions affect national security’: PM Imran

'IMF conditions may affect national security': PM Imran

PM Imran says Pakistan has to boost its economy otherwise there will be challenges to national security.

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan, while unveiling the public version of the National Security Policy, said that the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) conditions “affect national security” but weak economy forces the government to approach it for loan.

The Prime Minister signed the first National Security Policy in a ceremony in Islamabad on Friday. Addressing the event, PM Imran said that the National Security Policy has been formulated with great diligence which has clearly defined the the national security. He said that efforts are being made to keep the state and the people on the same path.

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After independence, he said, the country evolved into an insecure environment as it was at war with a neighboring much bigger than its size. He said the country was in search for only military security. He added that the policy has made it clear that the national security has so many aspects, including economic security.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan has to boost its economy otherwise there will be challenges to national security. He informed that IMF provides the cheapest loans, thus, the government is forced to ask it for loan and accept its terms and conditions due weak economy. “It is not only put more burden on the people but also comprise national security,” PM Imran said. He added that the nation will be insecure until we achieve collective development.

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Imran Khan said that besides economic crisis, Pakistan is facing the challenge of rule of law and warned that in the absence of rule of law, there will be poverty and unemployment. He stressed that the state has to take the responsibility of taking ahead to weaker section of the society.

Talking about the education system, the premier said there are three education systems – English medium, Urdu medium and religious seminary – Pakistan. He said that the system is based on injustice that needed to be reformed. “Our education system is creating three different cultures. To solve this issue, we have brought uniform curriculum,” PM said.

The prime minister signed the document of national security policy is based on three main elements of economy, military and human security. The national security advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf has said that the policy shifts the National Security Paradigm from geo-politics to geo-economics. The policy will be reviewed on an annual basis and the government will shape it according to the changing situation.

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