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Pakistan PM Imran Khan appoints Moeed Yusuf as NSA

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s close aide Moeed Yusuf, who is believed to have played a key role in recent back-channel contacts with India, has been formally appointed the country’s national security adviser.

Since December 2019, Yusuf had served as special assistant to the prime minister on national security and strategic policy planning.

“The Prime Minister has been pleased to approve that Dr Moeed W Yusuf, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security and Strategic Policy Planning, shall function as National Security Adviser with the status of Federal Minister, with immediate effect,” the notification said.

Before being made chairman of Pakistan’s Strategic Policy Planning Cell (SPPC), which comes under the National Security Division (NSD), Yusuf was associate vice president of the Asia Center at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

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Over 72% trust Modi on matters of national security

New Delhi: Amid border tensions between India and China, a survey revealed that more than 70 per cent of people across the country trust Prime Minister Narendra Modi on matters of national security.

According to the latest IANS CVoter Snap Poll, 72.6 per cent have faith in handling of the situation by the Prime Minister to a “great extent”, 16.2 per cent have confidence to “some extent”, while 11.2 per cent people have no trust at all.

Trust in Modi was visible across geographies, income and education levels as well as caste and ethnic identities.

The survey comes amid border tensions between India and China which took a violent turn last week when the troops of the two nations clashed in Galwan Valley in Ladakh, leading to the death of 20 Indian soldiers, including a commanding officer.

Pursuant to that, the Prime Minister asserted that the issue of India’s sovereignty is supreme. Modi also said that the soldiers “taught a lesson” to those eyeing Indian territory.

In the survey, a question — “How much trust do you have on PM Narendra Modi on the matter of national security” — was asked to the respondents.

The survey revealed that people above the age of 60, those with lower education, higher income and male population have massive trust on the Prime Minister on the matter of the country’s security.

It further brought to the fore that 82.6 per cent of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) voters have faith in their elected leader. On the flip side, an astounding 51.1 per cent of opposition voters believe in the leader.

Those who have no faith in Modi’s ability to handle the incumbent situation include people with higher education, Muslims, Sikhs and young population between the ages of 25 and 45 years. A mere 5.3 per cent of NDA voters have no confidence in the Prime Minister.

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