Not by words alone – Newspaper

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THERE have been a series of official pronouncements that the government is shifting the focus of Pakistan’s foreign policy from geopolitics to geoeconomics. This ‘shift’ was first announced in March during the ‘Islamabad Policy Dialogue’ organised by the National Security Division and addressed by Pakistan’s political and military leaders.

As summarised on a government website this ‘dialogue”’ outlined a ‘new’ policy direction that involved prioritising economic security, changing the “narrative of geopolitical contestation to geoeconomic cooperation”, increasing “Pakistan’s economic footprint globally” and promoting “regional connectivity”. The foreign minister stated several times since that the government is working on transforming the country’s “geopolitics to geoeconomic policy”.

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