Pakistan spending Rs90 bn per month in war on terror: Imran Khan

Published: September 30, 2012

Khan said that the rally to S Waziristan will inform them about how people in America and Europe were also against drone attacks. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ZAFAR ASLAM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan claimed on Sunday that Pakistan was spending Rs90 billion per month in the war on terror, Express News reported.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Khan said that the rally to South Waziristan would comprise of international media representatives and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), adding that they will inform the drone victims that the people in America and Europe were also against drone attacks.

Also speaking to the media, seconding Khan, former United States ambassador Anne Wright said that including her, many other Americans were against drone strikes.

Criticising the recently released anti-Islam film in the US, representatives of American NGOs said that they condemned the film, adding that it incited hatred which had hurt the sentiments of both Muslims and Americans as well.

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Reader Comments (57)

  • ALI
    Sep 30, 2012 - 9:48PM

    Media is misguiding people in Pakistan!! I blame media for Nawaz Sharief make popular.

    Basically media is responsible for decreasing popularity of Imran Khan!

    As every night people are doing programme against Imran Kahn!! so general and less educated public is thinking Imran is not so good!!

    Media is supporting status co parties in Pakistan,,

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  • Raw is War
    Sep 30, 2012 - 9:55PM

    And whose mistake is it?Recommend

  • Usman Khan
    Sep 30, 2012 - 9:57PM

    Imran has become desperate attention seeker, where is his campaign against Nato Supplies…?Recommend

  • Tilopa
    Sep 30, 2012 - 9:57PM

    The foreigners in this picture are the what we will call leftists/marxists in US and India.

    These people have no other business then simply hating all state policies of India or US.They are the first one to cry about ‘human rights’ violation,whereas they close their eyes when the taliban does it.

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  • Char Latan
    Sep 30, 2012 - 9:58PM

    Mr. Khan will turn things around (in 3 months or less) so that the WoT will start being profitable for Pakistan once again.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 30, 2012 - 10:04PM

    Does anyone really believe that your military would significantly downsize if the WOT magically disappeared tomorrow? Does anyone think that you would stop development of expensive cruise missiles and nukes? I would argue that if the “militants” suddenly disappeared your overall military budget may actually go up because you would lose whatever funding you now get from the USA while your military expenditures wouldn’t change enough to offset the loss in funding.

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  • Gratgy
    Sep 30, 2012 - 10:13PM

    What’s with Imran Khan and the number 90??

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  • R2D2
    Sep 30, 2012 - 10:19PM

    now the idiot is going to think that all the west is with him because some hippies have joined him

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  • Raw is War
    Sep 30, 2012 - 10:26PM

    and you blame India?

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  • Sep 30, 2012 - 10:27PM

    I’m not saying I’m an Imran Khan supporter…at least not yet maybe, but I love what he’s doing here. These drone attacks need to get all the media attention they can get, so that the whole world could help Pakistan put an end to this.

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  • IceSoul
    Sep 30, 2012 - 10:29PM

    My god! Is Imran blind to the destruction caused by these savage TTP terrorists?Recommend

  • Litmus
    Sep 30, 2012 - 10:49PM

    Cut him some slack. He’s an honest guy trying to make an enormous organization in a short span of time. He’s got more guts than anyone else. Rather than just criticizing him go do something positive for the country. Our emotions are like a pregnant woman on steroids, we either love him or hate him. Get off the couch as do something good or a change

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  • Mahakaalchakra
    Sep 30, 2012 - 10:54PM

    Does that mean Pakistan will save Rs 90 billion (almost $1 billion) per MONTH if and when war on terror stops? It comes out to be mare than Rs one TRILLION per YEAR. It is almost 3/4 of annual tax revenues of Pakistan nation.

    Is this fudging and cooking the figures is meant for pulling wool over the eyes of the world or over ALL OVER THE BODY of the world?

    Can any learned and knowledgeable Pakistani or PTI fan explain the calculation or details?

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  • Liaqat Ali
    Sep 30, 2012 - 10:56PM

    Imran khan said he will do long march if drones continue.What happended to that promise.I see lots of hotair and no action.He plans to bring PPP into power by dividing votes.

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  • Pungi
    Sep 30, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Even if Obama starts supporting Imran’s cause, few anti-PTI people won’t praise Imran for this brave cause..!
    They are too loyal to their masters..!

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  • M_ALI
    Sep 30, 2012 - 10:59PM

    Imran khan talks sane and logical, truth does taste bitter but we cannot turn away from facts, War on terror is the route cause and he is going in Waziristan to let the world know that people like him and all those brave jounalists can go with him there, Even ET will go to waziristan with him, so whats wrong in that? Cant we just buck him up,Recommend

  • Prius
    Sep 30, 2012 - 11:04PM

    When’s man takes action and dies good, he is condemned

    When a two people engage in a scandalous live affair, the liberal ignorant sympathize with them

    Some of you are not only out of touch with reality, but plainly against peace , and for war to serve Western interests .

    The wind is blowing against war

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 30, 2012 - 11:22PM

    How did Imran come to this unbelievable figure of Rs 90 billions loss per month ie three billions per day ? Has this loss details been released by the military who controls the complete defense expenditure with no accountability as well as any scrutiny to the civilian govt ? If this figure is correct, quite a few who are at the helm of the affairs are pocketing millions, a fact which has missed Imran’s mind.

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Sep 30, 2012 - 11:24PM

    Inshallah, PTI Tsunami will sweep the election. Only Imran khan is a true Islamist among all the politicians. Nawaz shareef & zardari are only interested in money & power. IK must declare alliance with religious & quasi religious parties to consolidate votes.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 30, 2012 - 11:25PM

    How much it would cost us, if we had sided with terrorists. Nothing,. because we would have lost everything in first month.

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Sep 30, 2012 - 11:31PM

    @usman khan:
    Imran khan is a great Muslim leader who has done so much to Muslims & Pakistan. He built a cancer hospital. What did you do? Apart from Just post comments on ET. He’s trying to stop drones. He’s trying his best to stop this war that we are fighting for some one else. Talibs were only attacking other countries & helping Pakistan & why Pakistan attack them?

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Sep 30, 2012 - 11:34PM

    PTI – Pakistan Taliban Ittehad.

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  • Razi
    Sep 30, 2012 - 11:38PM

    He uses numbers to highlight this issue for people who wouldn’t care for human lives as long as they are lost far away from their homes, for such people only things matter when expressed in monetary terms. His own credentials as a humanitarian are his biggest achievements so far, even bigger then his cricket fame.

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  • Abreez
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:02AM

    What we will witness in our next election American witnessed this in their election of 1912, when Republican Party split into two groups and Democratic Party won the election. Theodore Roosevelt made his Progressive Party and split Republican Party vote, he got 88 electoral votes and 27.4% popular vote. William Howard Taft, Republican Party nominee got 8 electoral votes and 23.2% popular votes, and Woodrow Wilson, Democratic Party nominee got 435 electoral votes and 41.8% popular votes.
    In 1908 elections Republican Party nominee William Howard Taft got 321 electoral votes and 51.6% popular votes and Democratic Party nominee William Jennings Bryan got 162 electoral votes and 43.0% popular vote.
    In 1904 elections Republican Party nominee Theodore Roosevelt got 336 electoral votes and 56.4% popular votes and Democratic Party nominee Alton B. Parker got 140 electoral votes and 37.6% popular votes.

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  • imran
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:10AM

    @Usman Khan:
    u think imran need attention ?what kind of despartion u got from his press brief ?when he said nato supplies he meant he againest it grow up and learn if u said he stand infront of truk and stop it thats not his job u know what i mean he is political leader not policeman .grow up kid

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  • ADEEL
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:10AM

    GO AHEAD CHAMPION, WE ARE WITH YOU
    VOTE FOR CHANGE
    VOTE FOR IMRAN KHAN

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  • sid Taji
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:11AM

    @Raw is War

    Yes, Raw has declared a war on Pakistan. Your name says it all.

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  • Arsal
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:14AM

    Gr8 Job by Imran Khan We must Appreciate !!Recommend

  • Bhatti
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:15AM

    My Vote is for PTI!

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  • Saeed
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:28AM

    I pitty the loosers critisizing IK for everything. They are to much scared of PTI that they can not even digest a press confrence on the national intrest of pakistan. What a phobia. Very rarely sern.

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  • Falcon
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:43AM

    Good to see sincere folks come together for end of war. War has not done good to anyone.

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  • Naeem
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:44AM

    @Usman Khan: What’s wrong with you mate?

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  • Oct 1, 2012 - 12:58AM

    And who is providing such huge funds…. Rothschild??

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  • Oct 1, 2012 - 1:00AM

    Imran’s statements are becoming ludicrous by the day. Is he an accountant or has he used some accountants to come at this figure? If the infrastructure that is getting destroyed is of the enemy then why bother. How many schools has taliban blown up in KP?

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  • Joe
    Oct 1, 2012 - 1:10AM

    Imran Khan routinely shares the stage with terrorists like Hafez Saeed while they praise and mourn Bin Laden.

    If you think that Imran Khan is going to bring peace anywhere, or help relations between religions/countries, you are sadly mistaken.

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  • pk1
    Oct 1, 2012 - 1:15AM

    Bringing few hippies type to Pakistan doesn’t prove anything. If you’re a true Pakistani mr khan visit homes of thousands of Pakistani civilians and soldiers killed by these terrorists. With your act like this you lost my vote. I wont vote for you up-till you keep you change your wrong approach. People who embraced shahadat in tragedies or carnage like Moon market or any other were innocent human beings.

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  • Oct 1, 2012 - 1:16AM

    Its nice to Imran’s in-laws have joined for the cause

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  • Stewie
    Oct 1, 2012 - 1:46AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Look whose talking????PML N and ASWJ(a banned outfit the one that opposes the Shia sect) are making an electoral alliance while PTI is going to Wazirstan to highlight an important issue that is playing with the lives of the poor people…..according to an American University the drones have killed more than 90% of innocent lives and so it must be stopped it’s not about getting on Taliban’s side…….

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  • Zaikam
    Oct 1, 2012 - 1:46AM

    People like Usman Khan are the ones due to whom nothing better would ever come in this country. Such people don’t have courage to do anything good themselves and if anyone else does it they’d not waste a second criticizing them. I feel pity for them.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Oct 1, 2012 - 2:02AM

    @Raw is War

    HOLD your horses RAW we will bring this hiden war of yours to you wll taste it after 2014.

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  • truth1
    Oct 1, 2012 - 2:14AM

    Very good initiative by Imran Khan and CodePink members….!!!
    May u succeed in your aims…!!!

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Oct 1, 2012 - 3:51AM

    @pk1: “If you’re a true Pakistani mr khan visit homes of thousands of Pakistani civilians and soldiers killed by these terrorists.”

    It was the army (ordered by Busharraf) who went to waziristan to fight after a phone call from US. Who’s to blame? Who’s to blame for Lal masjid when children were killed? Only IK is trying his best to bring peace. He cares for Muslims & uniting Muslims which is why he’s being all religious parties together. He wants to make Pakistan a truly Islamic state.

    If you are a patriotic paki you’ll vote for PTI.

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  • Ilyad
    Oct 1, 2012 - 4:11AM

    so what is the plan, how are we going to get rid of terrorism? should we stick our heads in sand and they will go away. Start with thanking Ziaul Haq for this menace, and then give a game plan of how you are going to solve the issues – you are now no different from another politician. A lot of hot steam but no substance.

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  • ruby
    Oct 1, 2012 - 6:08AM

    I think what IK wants to say is the contribution of WOT to Pakistan’s GDP is 90bil per month. Pakistan’s total federal budget is 3 tril per year. Are we seriously expected to believe that more than one third is being spent on WOT?

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  • Bilal Magsi
    Oct 1, 2012 - 6:44AM

    Proud voter of PTI for all this and much more.

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  • danisha
    Oct 1, 2012 - 6:46AM

    True muslim paki: were do you get that from that he is a true islamic leader. i have not heard a word of substancíal islamic change from him. now this video were he had bubblegum in his mouth while praying tells you eveything. he has done nothing but just wording that he will do that and that. he will not cut of relation with america if he comes to power, offcourse they are the one who will give him the power. Without americas consent he and PTI is nothing. wake up man. dont vote for anybody. all their policies against islam and muslims will be hanging on your as well because you gave your vote.

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Oct 1, 2012 - 7:42AM

    Is this figure true?

    Is Pakistan really spending about 10 billion Dollars a year on war on terror.

    Seems grossly exaggerated.

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  • jism
    Oct 1, 2012 - 7:52AM

    @Ali Khan:
    HOLD your horses RAW we will bring this hiden war of yours to you wll taste it after 2014.
    you should rather be alarmed at what Pakistan will be dealing after 2014, the moment Americans exit extremists will come out of hiding and start ruling again, Pakistan will pay the highest price after the Americans exit,the recent military attacks on the military bases should sound an alarm that extremists are now firmly against Pakistani military,for over a decade Pakistan allowed Americans and in some cases sided with Americans in hunting down the extremists,extremists will not forget that.the intolerance and hate has already crept in,the hateful thoughts have been already established firmly in the minds of tribal s,they will start rebelling against Pakistani establishment and will do everything they can to establish a sharia law in Pakistan just like what is in Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Polpot
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:47AM

    @sid Taji: ” Yes, Raw has declared a war on Pakistan.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Not only Raw but the Indian Cricket Team as well:)

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  • Logical
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:53AM

    bashing on imran for visiting waziristan is just because he is chairman of PTI what if he will be chairman of an NGO then everyone will be appreciating him on this act….. at least try to admit his good work

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  • carol grayson
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:59AM

    Protesting the drones, yes some westerners are against drone strikes but we can’t get a visa to film drone victims… article here… http://www.lhrtimes.com/2012/10/01/im-facing-visa-problems-for-pakistan-to-participate-pti-waziristan-march-against-us-drone-strikes-carol-grayson/

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  • Popularist
    Oct 1, 2012 - 10:27AM

    So what does this guy IK wants us to do? Stop fighting these terrorists and let them take over the country and make IK the next “Khaleefa”?????? Recommend

  • sgrr
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:53AM

    Imran Khan Claim: Rs. 90 billion per month, it becomes Rs. 1,080 billion per year. Now analyze the budget 2013. The total Expenditure: Rs. 3,202 billion, out of which main items accounted for Rs. 2,639 billion which are Interest Payment: Rs. 926 billion, Pension (Civil & Military): Rs. 129 billion, Subsidies: Rs. 208 billion, Pay & Allownces Civil: Rs. 240 billion, Defence: Rs. 545 billion and Development : Rs. 591. Can anyone explain from where this Rs. 1,080 billion is going to be taken out. SALUTE TO WISDOM OF PTI LEADERSHIP & SUPPORTERS.
    Detail of budget can be seen at following link.
    http://www.finance.gov.pk/budget/BudgetinBrief201213.pdf

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 1, 2012 - 5:08PM

    @True Muslim: I am as religious and as patriotic as you or even more but i will not vote for radical stance. You lost my vote!
    @Pk1 & Danisha: I so agree with you!

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  • carol grayson
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:57PM

    It seems that the idea of peace is radical these days and ordinary people are caught in the middle of “terrorists” and “terrorist states… who benefits! As Northern Ireland showed there had to be talks with all key figures for peace to come about which was hugely controversial at the time but ultimately probably saved many lives and brought about a level of stability that had not been seen for many years. You will never bring about peace through more violence… Doors have to be opened… efforts made to understand why people became so radicalized and solutions sought. Burying heads in the sand will not bring about change it takes a new way of thinking… and great courage!

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  • Imran Con
    Oct 2, 2012 - 7:40PM

    @Stewie:
    That study is about as worthless as a tribune moderator.

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  • Usman
    Oct 4, 2012 - 11:13AM

    Vote for Imran khan :) The only brave leader right now to stand for the rights of Pakistani ppl.

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