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Review of security doctrine

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POLITICAL analysts at home and abroad have described Pakistan in many ways. But the attribute of a ‘security state’ is perhaps the most popular. This perception may not be inaccurate, although Pakistan does not have any declared national security policy.

Some say it is not even necessary for a state to declare its national security doctrine. It should be dynamic, though, for security challenges are never constant and continue to be defined by emerging variables. A few years ago, it would have been hard to predict the political and diplomatic crisis that the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which is currently redefining friends and foes, face today. The same is true for the emergent diplomatic affair between Turkey and Russia.

Pakistan’s case is also not too complex to grasp as certain trends were evident as to the direction in which circumstances will lead the nation. Afghanistan is not only at the core of all the country’s strategic and diplomatic challenges, it also compounds its internal security problems. The recent stand-off with Washington is one expression of that.

Pakistan’s strategic doctrine is certainly focused on India’s military might. But the country has gradually fallen into the Afghanistan trap and is now finding it hard to pull itself out of it. It is important for Pakistan to diversify its geopolitical options as its strategic partners (mainly China) and potential partners (mainly Russia) want stability in Afghanistan. Old and new internal and regional security challenges have compelled Pakistan to review afresh its security, strategic and geopolitical........

© Dawn