New Delhi: In what would set the alarm bells ringing in Pakistan, a report recently published by Credit Suisse on globalisation has ranked the Indian armed forces as the fifth strongest military in the world.
While India was ranked fifth, United States of America held the number one position followed by Russia, China and Japan.
According to Credit Suisse report on the trend of globalisation, the US scored 0.94. It was followed by Russia (0.8), China (0.79), Japan (0.72), India (0.69), France (0.61), South Korea (0.52), Italy (0.52), Britain (0.5) and Turkey (0.47).
Importantly, Pakistan was ranked No 11 with a score of 0.41.
“Our analysis reveals the military superiority of the United States in conventional war capabilities compared to its close rivals,” the report read.
“Its fleet of 13,900 aircraft, 920 attack helicopters, 20 aircraft carriers and 72 submarines far outweighs the military might of any of its close rivals and so does its defense spending worth USD 610 bn in 2014, which is far more than the combined military expenditures of the next nine countries in our index. In reality, in today’s nuclear era, conventional forces are not the only indicator of military strength. Russia and the United States account for more than 90 percent of global inventories of nuclear weapons according to SIPRI,” the report stated.
In an obvious reference to India, the Pakistani Army chief, General Raheel Sharif, recently said the force is "fully capable" of dealing with any kind of threat" and that any "misdaventure" would come at an "unbearable cost".
“(The) armed forces of Pakistan are fully capable of dealing with all types of internal and external threats, may it be conventional or sub-conventional; whether it is cold start or hot start. We are ready,” Dawn quoted Gen Sharif as saying at the Defence Day ceremony at the General Headquarters here to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with India.