Understanding the Dynamics of National Security Culture of Pakistan

Abstract: 

National security culture is the subcomponent of political culture, drawn from values system, social and or economical setting of a state as well as the regional and extra regional security environments. Changing global status also, at times, obligate the states to make domestic political adjustments to accommodate the international concerns against a well established security culture. Currently, as a result of external constrains and domestic insecurities, there is an inward looking security culture in Pakistan for which both the government and the civil society are responsible. The national interests warrant that government should take notice of the apathy shown by the society towards national security issues, by reinstating peace and creating security awareness culture at the gross root level. It must be realised that sustainable peace cannot be restored by adopting a single track approach involving the use of military force only. This means a ‘new social contract’ between the leaders and those being led involving the government machinery, academician and the civil society is important to owe mutual ownership of the state. The launching of twenty-points ‘National Action Plan’, in the backdrop of the tragic incident of APS Peshawar, may help to rediscover an efficient national security culture based on ideology, core values and traditions.

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