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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.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2019
Calling it “not a small step at all”, Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry tweeted, “Only a strong civil-military coordination can rescue Pakistan from the deep problems of governance and economy.” The army’s decision, he said, “shows a complete trust in the leadership of Prime Minister by an important institution”.
Not a small step at all, only a strong Civil-Mily Coordination can rescue Pakistan from the deep problems of Governance and economy … shows a complete trust on the leadership of PM by an important institution https://t.co/H52qIUqQ1r
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) June 4, 2019
After the news went viral the Indian media started propagating against Pakistan and questioned its defensive capabilities. While responding to the negative Indian propaganda, the Director General (DG) Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) has reminded them the recent international embarrassment.
The Pakistan Army’s spokesperson has called out Indian media for putting its own spin on planned cuts in the defense budget.
— Indus News (@indusdotnews) June 5, 2019
Decision by armed forces a blow to critics
Analysts believe that the decision by the armed forces to not increase their budget, is actually a major blow to all the critics who always said the incumbent government is selected and brought in by the establishment, with the intention to increase their influence and budget. But contrary to what had been discussed and argued on electronic and print media, the armed forces have decided to stand behind the incumbent government.
Ahmad Noorani of The News also appreciated the decision and hoped that it shall continue.
The decision to reduce defense budget & not to increase the the salaries of army officers is really appreciable & institution of Pak Army must b applauded for this. This trend must continue now. A very happy Eid Mubarak to all soldiers of Pakistan Army, officials of LEAs & Police
— Ahmad Noorani (@Ahmad_Noorani) June 4, 2019
Common citizens appreciated the decision and reaffirmed their commitment to stand by the armed forces.
Defence budget cut by Pakistan Army have proved that they understand the sufferings of Public. This is the first time in the history that Army has taken step in the light of economy disorder left by looters. @peaceforchange . We stand by our Army.
— Khurramjwattoo خرم جہانگیروٹو (@Kjwattoo1) June 6, 2019
It also needs to be noted that the Indian sponsored propaganda in Pakistan also blamed the army forces for the suffering of the people of tribal areas. But now it has been established that the army has sacrificed for those affected areas.
They said Pakistan army polluted tribal districts ex Fata & Balouchistan with terrorism but reality is that Pak Army sharing own budget for development of Fata and Balouchistan #PakArmy https://t.co/BwIqBO3I2E
— Qazi Jalal (@JalalQazi) June 4, 2019
A few days ago, PTM led by Manzoor Pashteen claimed that the army opened fire on the protesters and killed 13 activists. Later on, the army spokesperson clarified the matter and brought the facts before the nation that a group of people, under the leadership of an elected member of parliament, attacked an army check post and demanded the release of an alleged facilitator of a terrorist. When refused, stated the ISPR, the charged mob attacked the personnel, causing the death of a soldier.
The current move by the armed forces, which has been made while keeping into view the sufferings of people of tribal areas and Balochistan, raises serious questions about the emergence and motives behind the PTM.
Moreover, people demanded the parliamentarians to decrease their allowances and other perks and privileges to help the government deal with the ongoing economic crisis.
Great gift on Eid,by Chief of Staff and Pakistan Army to cut down there annual budget in the interest of country economy.
Now,it's duty of all parliamentarian and senator to sacrifice there salary,daily allowance and travel expensive in the interest of country economy for 1 year.
— MustafaKhanKhweshgis (@MKKhweshgis) June 6, 2019