DUSHANBE, Tajikistan: The National Security Adviser (NSA) Dr. Moeed Yusuf attended the 16th meeting of the National Security Advisers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held from June 22-23, 2021 in Dushanbe.
The SCO Member States issued a joint protocol signed by all the NSAs at the meeting.
In his formal statement at the summit, Dr. Moeed Yusuf said that Pakistan’s main priority of generating greater economic activity and reducing un-employment and poverty alleviation were completely in sync with the SCO’s direction.
The security adviser stressed the need to counter the pandemic’s negative economic impact and highlighted Prime Minister Imran Khan’s efforts to champion the Global Initiative for Debt Relief.
Dr. Moeed Yusuf said that the vision of transformed Pakistan was centered on economic security, adding that the country’s emphasis had shifted from geopolitics to geo-economics.
The NSA said that failure to attain peace in Afghanistan was the most immediate challenge facing SCO today. As a Country historically most affected by developments within Afghanistan, Pakistan is fully committed to supporting a stable, peaceful, sovereign, and united Afghanistan at peace with itself and with the neighbors.
“It is our firm view that a negotiated political settlement that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned is the only way to achieve this desired outcome”, he added.
The national security adviser cautioned against spoilers, both within and outside Afghanistan, adding that unfortunately, not everyone in the region who professes to prefer peace in Afghanistan does so in reality.
Dr. Moeed Yusuf added that Pakistan cannot allow Afghan soil to be used against it.
Dr. Yusuf said that Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including state terrorism against people under illegal occupation. He added that Pakistan has been a victim of terrorism planned, supported, and sponsored from across our borders which unfortunately remains a reality even today and has at its roots actors who may present themselves as advocates of global cooperation against terrorism but in reality perpetuate it to create instability in our country and the region.
“Terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any race, religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group”, he further said.
The NSA said that Pakistan does not wish to be part of any camp politics or geopolitical confrontation. “Pakistan’s vision for itself was that of a melting pot for positive global interests”, he stated
Dr. Moeed Yusuf also informed his counterparts about Pakistan’s efforts in the area of Climate Change.
The security Adviser said that Pakistan was a low carbon-emitting Country but one of the most vulnerable to climate change.
“Prime Imran Khan has made Climate Change his top priority and has emerged as one of the leaders of the Global South on the environment”, he added.
Earlier in the day, the NSA held an important bilateral meeting with his Russian Counterpart Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Platonovich extended a special invitation to Dr. Moeed Yusuf to hold a full-scale bilateral NSAs dialogue.
During the meeting, the two discussed issues of mutual interest and expressed satisfaction on the progress of Pakistan-Russia bilateral relations while sharing serious concern about the evolving situation in Afghanistan.