No impact to response potential due to voluntary cut in defence budget: COAS

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday there would be no impact to the military’s response potential due to the voluntary cut in the defence budget.

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COAS Bajwa, who spent Eid-ul-Fitr with soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC), said the best Eid for a soldier is to have pride for being on duty of defending the motherland even on such festive days away from the family.

COAS said while talking to troops, “for defenders of Pakistan, our first family is the Pakistani nation, then the ones back home.”

Discussing the voluntary decision to forego even the routine increase in the annual defence budget, COAS said, “This initiative is not a favour to the nation as we are one through thick and thin.”

COAS added, “irrespective of the voluntary cut in defence budget coming financial year (FY), there shall be no impact on our response potential to all types of threat and quality of life of the soldiers. The no pay raise decision is also only for the officers and not for the soldiers. We shall manage the shortfall during FY by tightening our belt in areas where it doesn’t effect the two aforesaid aspects.”

Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a tweet on Wednesday, said voluntary cuts in the defence budget for a year would not be at the cost of defence and security.

DG ISPR wrote, “we shall maintain effective response potential to all threats. Three services will manage impact of the cut through appropriate internal measures. It was imp to participate in development of tribal areas and Balochistan.”

Major General Ghafoor, in another tweet today, countered reports of Indian media covering defence budget cut, saying, “Indian fake media busy spinning on our internal def budgeting choice.Don’t forget,we were the same forces with same budget on 27 Feb 19.”

“We have the capability & capacity to respond. Remember, it’s not budgeting, it’s resolve of force & the nation firmly standing behind its forces,” added ISPR.

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