EXTERNAL THREAT PERCEPTION

LT. GENERAL ASIF YASIN MALIK (RETIRED)

Introduction

 

Security implies the absence of real or perceived threats whether originating from internal turmoil, external sources, or economic disparities and inequalities. Nations seek power (economic, political, and military) and take adequate measures either to ward them off or minimize their perceived adverse impact. These efforts are, moreover, directed towards endless pursuit of power. Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, once said “The weak and defenceless, in this imperfect world, invite aggression from others.” While tactics and strategies are devised to effectively handle visualized threats and an anticipated undesirable situation, efforts are also made simultaneously to inculcate a sense of security among the citizens. Read More

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