Pak-Army agrees to cut defense budget

PESHAWAR: Pak Army has agreed to cut its defence budget and expenditure for a year for the uplift of the newly merged tribal districts.

It was revealed by the Prime Minister Imran Khan on twitter saying that the military leadership has agreed to slash the defence budget for the next fiscal year in the light of the country’s financial situation.

The money saved will be used for the development of the newly-merged tribal areas as well as in Balochistan.

Lauding armed forces initiative, Khan noted that these cuts were agreed to despite “multiple security challenges” adding his government will spend this money on development of the merged tribal areas and Balochistan.

Meanwhile, Directory General (DG) Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor stated in a later tweet that voluntary cuts in the defence budget for next fiscal year would not be at the cost of defence and security.

DG ISPR said that voluntary cutting in def budget for a year will not be at the cost of defence and security. We shall maintain effective response potential to all threats faced by the country.
It was important to participate in development of tribal areas and Balochistan, tweeted DG ISPR.

Adding to the premier’s tweet, Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said this was “not a small step at all”.

“Only a strong Civil-Mily Coordination can rescue Pakistan from the deep problems of Governance and economy,” Chaudhry added.


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