Did Pakistan cut defence budget on IMF pressure?
*ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday rejected impression of having any sort of pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which has resulted into cuts in the defence budget.*
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in his recent statement, clarified that the defence budget cut was not made over any pressure from IMF.
The finance minister clarified that Pakistan’s armed forces have made a decision itself for not taking an additional share under defence budget in order to lessen the burden on the nation.
Earlier, in an unprecedented move for the betterment of national economy, Pakistan’s armed forces had decided to not to receive an increased share under defence budget on June 5. The announcement was made by the Prime Minister Imran Khan in his Twitter message.
While criticising the opposition’s outcry, Qureshi said that the political parties should determine the root cause of rising inflation rate before holding protests.
“Is inflation a consequence of mistakes made in the last eight months or past 10 years?” questioned the finance minister.
“Who sacrificed lives and restores colours in Waziristan? Which segment is creating chaos in Waziristan?”
He asked the opposition to set national interests among its priorities.