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The Express Tribune

Published Date: Feb 20, 2013

Countering threats with good governances

Pakistan
needs to have a strong and efficient local governance mechanism to overcome
traditional and non-traditional national security threats. This was the crux of
a seminar titled “Non-traditional Security Threats: Global Governance System to
Combat Challenges” at the  Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
on Monday.

“We
never attempted to build a system of social justice so our crisis has become
deeper and deeper,” former Ambassador Akram Zaki, said. “If we want to
stabilize our country we need to establish a strong system of local
government,” he added.

Zaki
maintained that the non-traditional security threats include challenges to a
state’s sovereignty such as challenges posed by climate change, food and water
scarcity, energy shortfalls, migration of people and cyber crimes. He said that
cooperation could be increased at the global level to fight non-traditional
security threats such as climate change. But he was unimpressed with the
performance of United Nations’ agencies and international conferences which he
said “do not usually translate to benefits for the people”.

The
answer to the issue is to go back to the grass roots, where the problem lies,
he added.

He
cited the National Rural Support Programme in Pakistan and the Grameen Bank in
Bangladesh as examples of interventions at the local level which have helped
the common man strengthening their livelihoods.

Shafqat
Kakakhel, former ambassador, who has represented Pakistan at international
forums on environmental issues, said that the non-traditional national security
threats Pakistan was facing, were manageable. He added that the climate change
is a major threat and it will impact the country by exacerbating the frequency
of natural disasters.

“We
can only tackle the natural disasters by strengthening the resilience of our
people,” he said.