Pak`s total military outlay for 2011-12 over Rs 718 bn
Last Updated: Sunday, June 05, 2011, 14:09
  
Islamabad: Pakistan government's total outlay for the military for fiscal 2011-12 is over Rs 718 billion, considerably higher than the defence budget of Rs 495 billion shown in budget documents.

In addition to the defence budget, the Finance Ministry has allocated Rs 80 billion under the Armed Forces Development Programme, Rs 50 billion under reimbursements from the US Coalition Support Fund for expenses on the war on terror and Rs 20 billion received for participation of the armed forces in UN peacekeeping missions.

Over and above these allocations, another Rs 73.2 billion will be paid as military pensions from civilian accounts, a practice started in 2000 by ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf to give the impression that Pakistan had slashed its defence spending.

A senior official of the Finance Ministry outlined the actual outlay for the military while interacting with a group of journalists yesterday, media reports said today.

The stated budget, additional allocations and military pensions amount to almost 26 per cent of the total budget.

The additional allocations are reflected in budget documents as "grants" under the heading of "contingent liabilities."

The additional allocation of Rs 150 billion for 2011-12 is Rs 8.4 billion or almost six per cent more than the similar outlay for the outgoing fiscal.

In the outgoing fiscal, the government allocated Rs 110 billion for contingent liabilities but actually spent Rs 141.7 billion, according to budget documents.

The stated defence budget for the outgoing fiscal was Rs 442 billion.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, June 05, 2011, 14:09


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