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Defence budget

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Myth number 1: Pakistan’s defence budget takes away a major chunk of the total budgetary resources. Not true. In Budget 2021-22, ‘Defence Services’ has been allocated Rs1,370 billion out of total budgetary resources of Rs8,487 billion – and that is a mere 16 percent of the total budgetary resources. In effect, 16 percent for defence and 84 percent for non-defence related expenses. For the record, in Budget 2020-21, defence-related expenses comprised 17.67 percent of the total expenses. In effect, the defence budget as a percentage of the total outlay has gone down from 17.67 percent last year to 16 percent.

Myth number 2: Over the years, our defence budget has been rising at an accelerated pace. Not true. Here’s the fact: in the 1970s the allocation for defence........

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