Pakistan Army announces ‘voluntary cut’ in defence budget

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DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted that Pakistan Army’s voluntary cut in defence budget would not be at the cost of defence and security.

“Voluntary cut in def budget for a year will not be at the cost of def & security. We shall maint effective response potential to all threats.Three services will manage impact of the cut through appropriate internal measures. It was imp to participate in dev of tribal areas & Bln,” he tweeted.

The move earned praise from Prime Minister Imran Khan, who thanked the army for its gesture. Khan promised to spend the amount on the development of merged tribal areas and Balochistan.

“I appreciate Pak Mil’s unprecedented voluntary initiative of stringent cuts in their defence expenditures for next FY bec of our critical financial situation, despite multiple security challenges. My govt will spend this money saved on dev of merged tribal areas & Balochistan,” he tweeted.