Extra Rs150b sanctioned above defence budget

Published: June 5, 2011

COAS Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani and Air Chief Rao Qamar Suleman on the occasion of the re-equipment ceremony of No. 5 Squadron of Pakistan Air Force held at PAF Base Shahbaz. PHOTO: PPI

ISLAMABAD: 

On top of the Rs495 billion officially-sanctioned defence budget, the government has allocated an additional Rs150 billion for the armed forces, almost half of which was billed under the Armed Forces Development Programme.

A senior official of the finance ministry, citing the ‘Budget-in-Brief’ document, said the total defence and security allocation comes to around Rs645 billion, which is almost 23.8 per cent of the total budget. In addition, Rs73.2 billion would be paid from civilian accounts on army pensions – a practice initiated by Musharraf in 2000. By adding the three allocations – stated budget, contingent liabilities and army pensions – the total allocations total Rs718 billion, almost 26 per cent of the total budget.

The amount has been reflected in the budget under the allocations of “grants” with heading of “contingent liabilities”. The Rs150 billion allocation is Rs8.4 billion or almost 6 per cent more than the contingent liabilities of the outgoing fiscal year.

In the outgoing fiscal year, the government allocated Rs110 billion for contingent liabilities, but ended up spending Rs141.7 billion, the budget documents showed. The stated defence budget was Rs444 billion. With that total defence and security-related spending in the outgoing fiscal year remained at Rs586 billion, which is almost 23 per cent of the outgoing fiscal year’s federal budget. By adding pension-related expenses of Rs71.9 billion in the outgoing fiscal year the total spending would come to Rs658 billion or 25.6 per cent of the total budget.

The PML-N had called for debating the defence budget in parliament after the Abbottabad incursion and a terrorist attack on a navy base in Karachi. Independent defence analysts have also demanded to link the defence allocations with performance.

According to the official, out of Rs150 billion, an amount of Rs80 billion has been given under 10-year Armed Forces Development Programme. The defence secretary, during a recent briefing to the National Assembly standing committee on finance, had demanded $1.5 billion or Rs128 billion for the Armed Forces Development Programme. An amount of Rs50 billion would be given to the military on account of the Coalition Support Fund disbursements by the United States. The remaining Rs20 billion would be given on account of services charges paid by the United Nations to Pakistan against army’s contribution in the UN peacekeeping missions, the official added.

Of the defence budget allocations, Rs206.5 billion are employees-related expenses, Rs128.3 billion operating expensed of the armed forces, Rs117.6 billion for building physical assets and Rs42.7 billion for civil works.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2011.

Reader Comments (50)

  • Mirza
    Jun 5, 2011 - 10:25AM

    Thank God, finally we took care of the most needy in Pakistan. Based upon their performance and the security they have provided to common man, they deserve a lot more than basic education, healthcare, and other civic needs for bloody civilians. Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Jun 5, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Nawaz Sharif is right in asking the Defence Budget to be presented in the parliament .
    All parliamentarians should unite and demand the same .
    It might sound absurd for us Pakistanis , but we need to start this NOW .

    Out of the total GDP ,at an average :
    75% goes for Debt Servicing ( has anyone wondered why the loans were taken at the first place ? )

    25 % normaly goes to Defence for the last many decades .

    AND NOW THE ICEING ON THE CAKE , 150 bn more !!!

    For God’s sake , I beg to Kiyani , allocate this amount for health care for the civilians, for ,I BET ,you dont have the slightest idea what pain ,agony, tormentation a poor soul has to brave in a govt hospital .

    For God’s sake Na kareen yaar , Allah de waste bas karr deo . Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 5, 2011 - 11:44AM

    As long as the military’s funding continues to grow far more rapidly than Pakistan’s lethargic economy, the military will continue to “break the backs” not of terrorists, but the average Pakistanis.

    Military dictatorship or not it’s clear the military rules in Pakistan. By the way they’ve been doing protecting the innocent bystanders of daily terrorist attacks, one can only assume that Pakistan’s military is about as effective in fighting wars with other countries as it is with terrorists. It never wins.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    Jun 5, 2011 - 11:49AM

    After OBL death in PMA’s backyard and PNS merhan Attack army doesnt deserve thisRecommend

  • King
    Jun 5, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Masha-allah, this millitary has country called pakistan. God bless pak millitary. May I know the cumulative figure of millitary budget intead of these bits and pieces? Kindly provide comparitive ratios woth respect to other aspects like education, health … Recommend

  • Uzair Javaid
    Jun 5, 2011 - 12:04PM

    @Salman Orangiwala: Yes, Allocate this budget to healthcare, ignoring the fact india, which is producing 150 gunship LC helicopters (probably for their interest in a cold start). They are carrying out exercises along our border, procuring 150 EuroFighters from France. All this is for what?? do you think these planes are bought to show a flypast over the cricket stadiums, playing IPL !! Our people need to wake up from the slumber of nothings bad, everything is good in the lap of the great anchors GEO news has. Though better they received a notice for provoking anti-state sentiments. This military budget is primarily because only the increase in the indian military budget this year is more than the total budget stake allocated for Pakistan Army. Not to forget, our Army and its power is india specific. The militancy you see on streets is because you have effin traitors between us who sympathize with the TTP-terrorists. Recommend

  • Qasim
    Jun 5, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Could not help noticing the “medal gallery” on the chest of all chiefs in the captioned photo.
    Could someone/ISPR please educate us as to their gusty acvhievements worthy of these decorations Forget about budget details or the cost to efficiency ratio, those sacrificing their basic needs for the last 60-years can hopefully be entrusted with this information. Recommend

  • A Hameed
    Jun 5, 2011 - 12:12PM

    We should be fair before criticizing our army budget. They are also citizens of the country and need money to look after their families and friends and to maintain a decent standard of life. Common people are used to poverty and they love army in dazzling uniforms as their Saviour from hanood-o-yahhod-o-nasara.Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 5, 2011 - 12:33PM

    Reason : BMW has hiked its Bullet proof saloon’s prices in Euro terms and Pak rupee has depreciated,Recommend

  • Mariam
    Jun 5, 2011 - 12:34PM

    This is why property price in UK is increasing.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:21PM

    The Pakistan economy is in doldrums due to unlimited expenditure by its defence forces. In India the civilian govt approves the purchase of military hardware and then allot the budget, as well also audits the expenditure of purchases made. But no such system is in place in Pakistan and without any accountibility, misappropriation of huge amount of money cannot be ruled out. Recommend

  • Pakistani Patriot
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Wow More funds for Ayashiyaan. Good on you…Bravo Paki Army…..

    Our Army is so brave and competent that they can’t even defend their own headquarters three times in a row, so how can they defend the country. Only 4-6 people entered in their barracks and blocked them for more than 20 hours, and then fled in the presence of 4000 troops. This is their competency level….

    They also showed excellent performance on May 2, and took action after 2 hours of the incidents……….But they need more and more funds, so they can improve their peformances like they did in the past.Recommend

  • Jun 5, 2011 - 1:27PM

    @King:
    @vasan:
    @Mirza:

    We are proud that Pakistan has the seventh largest standing armed force and is the only Muslim-majority nation to possess nuclear weapons. It is designated as a major non-NATO ally of the United States and a strategic ally of China.[13][14] It is a founding member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference[15] and a member of the United Nations,[16] Commonwealth of Nations,[17] Next Eleven economies and the G20 developing nations.

    see to this neutral comments at —-> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan

    We want to see a stable Pakistan, self sufficient who could be able to effectively defence itsself especially against India who is our enemy #1. Therefore we need more money on R&D and to develop more fire power.

    Those Indians who are against this is are actually scared to death and jealous of our progress – we can understand.

    Regards

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

    Johannesburg
    South AfricaRecommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:29PM

    There is no allocation in the budget for the change of unknown jehadi type of mindset in our forces. Anyhow it is a “Feast Day” for all high ranks and those who though are called corps commanders but actually are known as “Crore Commanders”. One wonders what has been set aside for one orphan department called Civil Defense ??????Recommend

  • Asad
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:33PM

    What about education and health? This is really insane! These people eat up the budget and also take all the money begged from America. Shame!!!Recommend

  • Asad
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:44PM

    What a waste…Recommend

  • parvez
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:52PM

    It has to be understood that building and maintaining golf courses is an expensive business.Recommend

  • ashwin
    Jun 5, 2011 - 2:00PM

    This is small rise for Country at war, total defense budget is still only 6.4 billion dollars.I would think 15 USD Billions is more appropriate for Pakistan, after all Indian defense budget in 2012 may reach 42 Billion dollars and India is not involved in any war. I think Pakistan is justified in increasing it’s defense budget Recommend

  • VoK
    Jun 5, 2011 - 2:00PM

    Man, thats some heavy bling bling on the military chiefs. Too gangsta for us civilians. Thuglife baby.

    @Uzair Javaid

    India is not as bad as the bejeweled wonders would have us believe. The whole world is not out to get Pakistan. I am not advocating disbanding the military, but let us get real, we cannot afford what we have right now.

    @Salman Bhai

    75% is for servicing debts accumulated to feed the voracious appetite of the defenders of our borders :DRecommend

  • Paras Vikmani
    Jun 5, 2011 - 2:44PM

    This money should be used to fight Taliban and not IndiaRecommend

  • Imran Khan Niazi
    Jun 5, 2011 - 2:46PM

    @Uzair Javaid:
    So you think with Pakistan’s economy, it can keep pace with India’s defense spending? Do you know what happened to the Soviet Union when it tried to do the same exact thing?Recommend

  • Haider
    Jun 5, 2011 - 2:54PM

    after the terrific performance of Pakistan army on 2 May 2011, 22 May 2011, 22 july 2008, 16 dec 1971, 6 Sep 1965, it was a deserving move by GoP.
    Bullcrap….Recommend

  • bangkapi
    Jun 5, 2011 - 2:55PM

    may be it is needed by ISI to plan and execute some more mumbai style attacks, all over world.Recommend

  • manu
    Jun 5, 2011 - 2:56PM

    @ Dr saleem siddiqi, you got to be kidding that we indians are jealous of your “PROGRESS”. Don’t you know pakistan is carrying a begging bowl and asking for handouts from every dick and harry. Probably bangladesh economy is more rocking that your one.Recommend

  • ikhan
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:32PM

    True revolution in Pakistan will be the day when they put the Pak Army in their right place.Recommend

  • ikhan
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:33PM

    Pay the army or the ISI destabilizes PakistanRecommend

  • ikhan
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:36PM

    @Mr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    Pl. come inside the country & see the state of your brother citizens before lecturing ————-Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:53PM

    In the picture above what are so many medals for? Have the two generals won any wars? Seems to me they are getting everything for doing nothing. If they are fighting war on behest of US then they are being amply rewarded for that ($14 billion to generals from US in 10 years) no favour to the nation.Recommend

  • Asim+Ali
    Jun 5, 2011 - 5:28PM

    Whats the point of having nuclear weapons, when you have to increase defense spending every year. If we allocate the amount to smarter people and stop the brain drain, we will move forward in the right directionRecommend

  • Ali
    Jun 5, 2011 - 5:46PM

    Despite everything, we can not undermine the contributions the military has rendered for the country over the last few decades. Shortcomings are in every institution, but none of them have sacrificed the amount of devotion and lives that the Army and other military institutions have. And its aching to see oblivious people simply criticizing the Army without a clue.

    It has become too common to generalize the behavior of a few “rotten apples” with the whole Army.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jun 5, 2011 - 6:13PM

    Another 100 billion is needed for the metals they wear. May I ask how and why they get it?Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jun 5, 2011 - 6:15PM

    @Ali:

    Despite everything, we can not
    undermine the contributions the
    military has rendered for the country
    over the last few decades

    What contributions? Kargil? Loosing 71 war big time? Creating and then nurturing Taliban to the point that they have become the biggest problem facing the country? Too incompetent to eradicate terrorist?

    The nation is better of without such ‘contributions’. Thanks but no thanks. Recommend

  • Jun 5, 2011 - 6:20PM

    sacrifices? which are…wait for it… zilch! this is not the case of a few rotten apples. this is an institution corrupt to its core. an institution that does not believe it is accountable. an institution that uses clandestine tactics to incite instability within and outside borders.
    i re-call a professor of mine telling a set of retired generals, “you are paid servants. if you can not do your job, leave it.” these 60+ year old men got up to beat him. having directly ruled us for half of the Pakistani state’s existence and indirectly manipulating it for the rest of the period, the army has done, what they accused a friend of mine who teaches at an army school and critiques it for, ‘apne thali mein thookna.’
    it is time to bring them to account. no sacrifices have been made by army men. but sacrifices have been made by civilians to keep army men well fed. it is time for it to stop.Recommend

  • Danish Kamal
    Jun 5, 2011 - 6:25PM

    Good for this military incorporation. Forget about the education, health and misery of common people in Pakistan. God knows where are we heading.Recommend

  • Indian
    Jun 5, 2011 - 8:36PM

    @Uzair Javaid:

    India wants Pakistan to engage in an arms race and collapse like the Soviets. The Pakistanis need to realize that Pakistan can not afford to be in a race with India. It is time you Pakistanis come out of your Ghaznavi-Ghauri-Abdali syndrome, learn to eat humble pie, be pragmatic and change your course that lead to your destruction. Recommend

  • Faheem
    Jun 5, 2011 - 8:43PM

    Rs.718 billion (26%) for defence versus only Rs.452 (16%) for overall development programs 2011-12 ~ would that be sufficient for Your safety Sir?Recommend

  • Tauseef
    Jun 5, 2011 - 10:07PM

    Hahaha….. Look at the comments made. And look at how little an effect the educated civilians of this country make on budgetary allocations.Recommend

  • Smarty
    Jun 6, 2011 - 12:09AM

    @Mr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    enough of lectures & good english from johannesburg.
    Come down to earth & reality.Recommend

  • Azar
    Jun 6, 2011 - 12:41AM

    This is just tip of the iceberg. Those in the know of things will tell you that our beloved armed forces and agencies that can’t even ensure their own security, much less the people who pay them to ensure theirs, bleed this nation of nothing less than 45% of the revenues, thanks to several extra-budgetary allocations. It’s time we get to know where all this money goes and who gets a share of this huge pie in contracts, commissions & kickbacks. With what we save we could feed, educate and employ millions so desperately in need of resources. Recommend

  • m Hussein
    Jun 6, 2011 - 2:02AM

    soon they wont have a country to defend. we will then be finally rid of these blood suckers.Recommend

  • Saman
    Jun 6, 2011 - 10:10AM

    This increase in budget is due to “Mehngai”….(all puns intended)Recommend

  • Jehangir
    Jun 6, 2011 - 11:02AM

    Another Story in Tribune says “The auditor-general of Pakistan has unearthed massive financial irregularities amounting to Rs56.5 billion in the accounts of the armed forces during fiscal year 2011.”

    Now the Army gets another 150 Billion to swindle. Why cant there be Transparency?

    Politicians eat money, army eats money, only the civilians eat grass.Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 6, 2011 - 11:09AM

    Dr Siddiqui : We, Indians, are not against Pakistan developing into a self sufficient power in all its requirements including defense. They should be able to fend off their enemies when attacked whoever it may be, even India according to you (Though in India, we do not consider Pakistan as our enemy but an estranged naughty boy who does not know whom to run to during normal times and during turbulent times). But what we do not want Pakistan to be a religious bigot, mullah ridden, terrorism infected nuisance to others. But unfortunately your current situation is closer to what we do not want Pakistan to be rather than what we want Pakistan to be. Your oversized defense budget will lead you in the wrong direction, as we Indians feel. Most of the comments from Indians are as a result of our frustration on seeing Pakistan getting sucked into the vortex of the problems it created to trouble others.Recommend

  • Lupo
    Jun 6, 2011 - 12:13PM

    This is awesome. As a Westerner, I’m sick of funding such an unreliable ally. So it’s good that Pakistanis will now fund their own corrupt and incompetent armed forces.

    Most smart Pakistanis will understand that engaging India in arms races is pointless. Pakistan will go down just like the Soviet Union in this race. The chest thumping ones won’t (and there’s no proof that educated Pakistanis are smarter…just look at the good doctor from Johannesburg…despite an MD or PhD he’s not all that bright.).

    Once the West pulls out and the aid dries up that’s when the fun will begin. We’ll see if Pakistanis are really willing to eat grass to keep building nukes and to keep funding the only armed forces in history to have committed a genocide against its own people, to have lost every war it has fought, to have undertaken the largest post-World War surrender, all in the span of half a century or so.

    Just remember once the honey stops from the West, you Pakistanis are going to have to make up that $1-2 billion a year that the Pakistani Army is addicted to. I suggest you start learning to like the taste of grass. Recommend

  • Humza
    Jun 6, 2011 - 1:17PM

    This exorbitant expenditure on public goods cause allocative inefficiency of resources whereby aggravating the fundamental economic problems. Being under the aegis of nuclear weapons provides a rationale to cut down our defense budget and allocate it towards a productive use.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Jun 6, 2011 - 2:43PM

    @Lupo:
    Most apt comments from a US citizen. You are absolutely spot on that the aid received from the West especially US is spent on military hardware centric to India, nukes and rest shared by the top echelon. As an Indian, I can state honestly that Pakistan is not facing any threat of war from us but internal threat is so serious that it may dis-integerate this country but suprisingly, the same is not being dealt with on a war footing. Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jun 6, 2011 - 2:50PM

    @Mr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    Dear Sir, I dearly wish that you are a Ph.D scholar and not a physician. Your diagonisis on what ails Pakistan and on Indo Pak relations are almost always naive. Recommend

  • Morbid Isolation
    Jun 6, 2011 - 2:51PM

    All that money won’t buy you courage Mr. Army Man. Do the Taliban have all that dough or is their will that is allowing them to defeat you and your comrades. All those billions and you couldn’t stop PNS Mehran fiasco from happening. All that money and you couldn’t avoid the Kargil embarrassment, the Bin Laden propaganda, effective flood relief efforts and drone attacks in our ‘sovereign’ country. Pakistan Army, you are as corrupt as the politicians tainting this fine piece of land. But alas, the sad part is that the leader of a nation reflects the collective disposition of its own people. Everybody wants a piece of the cake and they’ll try to get it by any means necessary, whether it’s a plumber sabotaging your pipelines while fixing the sink, the painter recommending faulty paints to earn a commission from the faulty paint provider, the beggar who is able to work but would rather exploit the charity of people, the policeman who’d turn the other cheek for a mere 50 Rupees, the businessman who exploits labour, the politician who’d use innocent lives as stairs to power, the army man who would feed on insecurity and national pride to keep him and his kind, the ‘non-civilian elite’, fat and wealthy. Every layer that envelopes this nation has some form of corruption or another. This is a morally bankrupt society, blame everyone or no one at all.Recommend

  • Gill
    Jun 6, 2011 - 9:19PM

    We must stop criticizing the military budget, athough the figure appears to be high as compared with the total outlay, we must appreciate that considering the size of our enemy, our military numbers, etc, etc, this budget is not more than a peanut. I think sanity must prevail..Recommend

  • Jun 7, 2011 - 12:16AM

    @Indian: At the least Pakistan can whatever it takes to destabilize india and protect itself from a possible indian cold start for their romance of a surgical strike. I though am very ashamed of the people leading us that eventually lets you with all the different aliases you use to write up crap about Pakistan all day and think you would change the perception of people here! thats bollocks! at least india should get out of their fallacy of winning the race or at the least be ahead of Pakistan so much as to carry out a May 2nd like attack at their own discretion. I feel very good looking at the economical achievements by india, it surely is the people that makes a country strong. But militarily no matter how strong you get, Pakistan can cope up the defence of its eastern border. At least india cant take out its targets with a surgical strike.Recommend

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