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Pakistan round-up: First national security policy approved by Cabinet

NEW DELHI: Pakistan rolls out its first national security policy, minister says 5th Covid wave already starting, and other news from the neighbouring country in our weekly Pakistan round-up:
Pakistan rolls out its first national security policy
PM Imran Khan’s cabinet has approved a security plan described by the government as Pakistan’s first national security policy (NSP) aimed at guiding the country’s economic, foreign and defence policies.
The five-year policy document covering 2022-26 has not been publicly shared yet. It reportedly covers both traditional and non-traditional security challenges, including economy, food, water, military security, terrorism, population growth and dealings with the external world, especially major powers.
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Pakistan buys 25 Chinese fighter jets to counter India’s Rafale
Pakistan has acquired a full squadron of 25 Chinese multirole J-10C fighter jets in response to India’s purchase of Rafale aircraft, interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Wednesday.
Pakistan had a fleet of US-made F-16s, which is considered a good match for Rafale, but it was looking for a new multirole all-weather jet to augment its defence after India purchased Rafale jets from France.
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Fifth Covid-19 wave starting: Federal minister
Federal minister for planning and development Asad Umar has warned that there was clear evidence that the fifth wave of Covid-19 had started in the country.
He urged the public to wear masks and adhere to Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs). Genome sequencing showed a rising proportion of the Omicron variant of coronavirus cases in the country in general and in Karachi, in particular, said the minister.
Supreme Court judge’s wife alleges harassment by intruders
Sarina Isa, wife of Supreme Court’s Justice Qazi Faez Isa, has alleged that four men entered her house in Karachi without permission to “violate my privacy and dignity and harass and intimidate me.”
Mrs Isa in letter to the Sindh inspector general of police, defence and interior ministries and Sindh home department said the men had told her that they were from the “military intelligence” and “intelligence department”.
ISI chief orders govt not to release his images to media
The newly-appointed Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Nadeem Anjum has instructed Pakistani authorities not to release his images or video footage to the media, according to a media report.
Anjum was named director-general of the ISI last month after a long standoff between Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership. No photos of Anjum available in the media since his appointment, the report said.
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1 dead, 18 injured in New Years eve celebratory firings in Karachi
Eighteen people were injured and one killed from stray bullets in incidents of aerial firing across Karachi on Friday’s New Year’s eve.
An 11-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries while being treated at hospital. Police has asked people to share videos of people firing into the air on New Year’s Eve, and those found responsible would be charged with attempted murder and other offences.

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