Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday launched the public version of the first-ever National Security Policy of Pakistan, emphasizing the need on improving the economy of the country so that they do not need to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF), whose conditions may affect national security.

Addressing the launching ceremony, the prime minister lauded the national security division and said that the policy has brought clarity over national security challenges faced by the country.

The policy articulates a citizen-centric framework, placing economic security at its core and seeking a secure and economically resilient Pakistan.

He lauded the security forces for defending the homeland and said that they had rendered many sacrifices in the war against terror. “There are examples of multiple Muslim countries who remained unable to defend their territories,” he said.

He said security of a country is linked to its economic security, and the National Security Policy will help ensure inclusive growth in the country, leading every sector to one direction. He said security of a citizen in all aspects is a responsibility and a priority of a state; and the same is the concept of a welfare state.

The premier said on the patter of the State of Madina, the PTI government has been endeavoring to serve people through multiple initiatives like universal health insurance, Ehsaas Programme, single national curriculum and the struggle for rule of law.

Imran Khan said each family in the provinces being governed by the PTI will have health cards by March this year to have free medical facility up to one million rupees annually. He said the initiative of developing single national curriculum will greatly contribute to achieving national cohesion.

He said the incentives being provided to the business community resulted in enhancement of exports, and seventy percent increase has been witnessed in IT exports.

The prime minister said ten new dams are being constructed, which will help ensure water security.

He said the government s initiatives aimed at mitigating effects of climate change are being acknowledged at international level. He said the measures for uplifting the downtrodden segments of the society and the backward areas will also contribute to inclusive growth in the country.