Pakistan being one of the most populous Muslim
states, is characterized by unique features. It is home
to the seventh-largest army in the world, but strangely enough, it
stands in 2018 (slightly better than previous rankings )as one of the
20th most fragile nations of the world. Pakistan bears a key
geopolitical position in South Asia, linking it with the Middle East,
surrounded by Russia, China, India, and Iran as well.
Traditionally, Pakistan national security has been analyzed
through geopolitical and geostrategic perspectives, but with the
primacy of economic factors, the geo-economic approach has taken
the lead in analyzing the national security of Pakistan. Most
underdeveloped and developing countries heavily depend upon
external resources and regional connectivity for economic
development, but both can jeopardize their security in one way or
the other. So Pakistan is no exception in this regard. That's why
the article is going to analyze the hazards to Pakistan's national
security by focusing upon the growing Pakistan China economic
connectivity and Indian fears and apprehensions and
Afghanistan's instability, and its prospective looming effect on
China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
1-Shabnam Gul In-Charge, Department of International Relations, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. 2-Muhammad Faizan Asghar MPhil, Peace & Counter Terrorism Studies, Minhaj University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Munib Khalid Assistant Professor, Minhaj University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Geo- Economics, National Security, India, Afghanistan