Pakistan’s National Security Policy: Pakistan security policy seeks 100 years of peace with India, but with caveat

What is the News?

Pakistan will be releasing its First new National Security Policy covering a period between 2022 and 2026.

What is the focus of Pakistan’s National Security Policy with respect to India?

Firstly, the policy focuses on economic diplomacy in the immediate neighbourhood and doesn’t advocate any conclusive measures in ties with any particular country.

Secondly, the policy seeks peace with India without any hostility for the next 100 years.

Thirdly, the policy leaves the door open for trade and business ties with India without a final settlement of the Kashmir dispute provided there is progress in the talks 

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What is the significance of Pakistan’s National Security Policy on India-Pakistan Relations?

Pakistan had downgraded ties with India and stalled trade after India had revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in 2019. They have said that it would be impossible to normalize ties with India if it doesn’t reconsider its decision on Jammu and Kashmir special status.

On the other hand, India has repeatedly stated that Pakistan should first stop supporting cross-border terrorism to normalise ties. Hence, this policy could become a breakthrough point in India-Pakistan relations.

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Source: This post is based on the article Pakistan security policy seeks 100 years of peace with India, but with caveatpublished in TOI on 13th January 2022.

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