Defense Budget of Pakistan – Desirable and Deserved
On Friday, the Pakistan Industries’ Minister Hammad Azhar presented the 2020-2021 budget for Pakistan. The total budget amounted to more than 7 trillion rupees. And the defense budget amounted to around 1.3 trillion rupees. This marks a 12 percent increase compared to last year’s budget allocation.
The increase has fascinated many Pakistanis and is subject to a lot of conversation these days. Many are in favour of this decision. However, there is a disappointing number that opposes this move.
The Pakistan armed forces has, time and time again, come to the rescue of Pakistanis. It has guarded our boundaries, protected our families and loved ones, and provided us with facilities we would otherwise have had no access to. The many achievements of the Pakistan armed forces can not be given a monetary value.
The overall budget attempts to revive the Pakistani economy and stabilize it. With the recent corona virus pandemic, Pakistan is suffering quite a lot. In fact, the World Bank predicts that the COVID-19 may just be a ‘perfect storm’ for South Asia. The government allocated around 70 billion rupees to fight corona virus.
Pakistanis choose to squabble over the defense budget. Most are quoting Martin Luther King and stating that spending less on social needs signals the inevitable collapse of any country.
It is significant to point out that the Pakistan armed forces don’t only contribute to defending the country. With educational and training institutes, medical facilities, and even international volunteering services, the defense in Pakistan works beyond the conventional army.
The armed forces in Pakistan maintain both their national and international stances. Where Pakistanis can see no way out, the armed forces appear as the light at the end of a dark tunnel.
Therefore the increased budget allocation is not only desirable. It is truly deserved.