Five retired army officers have had their post-retirement entitlements, including pensions and free medical coverage, revoked by the Pakistan Army. One of the officers is a former major general who was involved in the anti-army campaign. According to the source, action against these officers was conducted last month after legal procedures were followed and the ex-servicemen were given the opportunity to defend their positions. “At least two weeks before PMLN Vice President Maryam Nawaz spoke on the topic, the GHQ had taken action against the five retired officers,” one of these people claimed. Meanwhile, the Pakistani government has requested a budget for defense services of PKR 1.523 trillion for fiscal year 2022-23, an increase of 11.16 percent over the previous year’s budget (2021-22).
On Friday, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail presented the budget of 9.5 trillion rupees for the upcoming fiscal year starting from July 2022 to June 2023 at the Lower House of the country’s parliament. A day after the federal budget, Ismail on Saturday said that Pakistan is going through a “very difficult” phase. “I have never seen a more difficult time in the past 30 years where on the one hand.
Citing the budget documents tabled in the National Assembly, that the allocation makes up nearly 1.94 per cent of the GDP and 16 per cent of the total expenditure planned by the government for the next year. The hike is almost at par with the average inflation calculated for the year ending on June 30. Last week said that defence spending in the next year would be increased by 6 per cent to PKR 1.45 trillion.
The international environment is very challenging and the government or administration has worsened and nothing was done to resolve issues,” Dawn quoted the Pakistan Finance Minister as saying. Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called the budget balanced, progressive and pro-people.
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