Pakistani Army Budget Fact and Fiction 2022

Unfortunately, the liberal class in our country, the mercenary journalists pursuing the agenda of some foreign powers and the anti-national elements are deliberately propagating that Pakistan has become a security state and 70-80% of its annual budget is spent on army. It is a fallacy that has been perpetuated for many years and is being perpetuated with great skepticism and misgivings in the minds of the people is creating. 

Pakistani Army Budget Fact and Fiction 2022
Pakistani Army Budget Fact and Fiction 2022

The fact is that Pakistan's geographical location is such that it is constantly facing numerous challenges including conspiracies of neighboring countries, fiber drugs, violations of the Line of Control, cross border terrorist attacks and Fifth Generation War. Numerous internal and external issues are involved. The Pakistan Army not only meets its operating and operational expenses with its meager budget but also fully addresses the internal and external challenges facing the country.

Contrary to the misleading propaganda spread about Pakistan's defense budget, according to the proposals in the federal budget 2014-2015, a total budget of Rs 3945 billion was presented in the parliament this year in which the defense budget is Rs 700 billion ie 17.75 of the total budget. The budget for the year 2015-2016 was about Rs. 4300 billion while the defense budget was allocated Rs. 780 billion which is 18.13% of the total budget. The total volume of the budget for the financial year 2016-2017 was Rs. 4400 billion. Rs 860 billion was earmarked for defense which constitutes about 19.55% of the total budget.

In the announced budget of Rs 50 trillion 3 billion for the financial year 2017-2018, Rs 920 billion was allocated for defense which is 17.35% of the total budget. A total of Rs 5932 billion was allocated for the financial year 2018-2019. While Rs 1100 billion has been earmarked for defense which constitutes 18.54% of the total budget. The total budget for the financial year 2019-2020 was Rs 7022 billion in which a total of Rs 1150 billion was allocated for defense which constitutes 16.37% of the total budget. The total budget for the year 2020-2021 was Rs.7136 billion in which a total of Rs.1290 billion was set aside for defense which constitutes 18% of the total budget.

The total budget for the financial year 2021-2022 was Rs. 8487 billion of which Rs. 1373 billion was allocated for defense which constitutes 16.17% of the total budget out of which Rs. 481.592 billion for staff expenditure, Rs. 327.136 billion for operational expenditure Rs 391.499 billion has been earmarked for assets and Rs 169.773 billion for public works. Rs 2.70 billions spent but no additional demand was made. Similarly, Rs 297 million was spent from the defense budget in the campaign against locusts.

The Pakistan Army deposited more than Rs 190 billion in the national exchequer in the year 2019-20 in terms of direct and indirect taxes, Rs 25.8 billion in the form of income tax, customs surcharge and sales tax. India spends 42,000, the United States spends 392,000 a year on its troops, and Saudi Arabia spends 371,000.

The salary of a soldier in the army starts from 20,000 which increases with time and rank while he is provided free food, accommodation and medical while the salary of a Grade 17 employee who is from second lieutenant to captain is accounted for. When I come, it is 70 to 75 thousand. The rent of the house is deducted from the salary. The total salary of a Grade 18 officer ranges from 80,000 to 85,000. The number of Pakistan Army is 670,000, Army 73,000, Navy 36,000 and Strategic Plan Division 21,000. There are one lakh employees and their salaries are paid from the defense budget.

The above figures show that the biggest burden on the national exchequer is not defense but debt and other government expenditures which have increased exponentially due to wrong economic policies of previous governments, if all the above facts are taken into account. A closer look will show how baseless propaganda is being spread about Pakistan's military establishment. When the general public, especially the youth, become a part of this poisonous propaganda, it not only has a negative effect on the morale of the defense establishment. At the national level, negative sentiments also arise against the army, which is a poison for the country's integrity.


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