Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa made a request to PM Imran Khan

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Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa made a request to PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa made a request to PM Imran Khan over defence budget cut utility.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has requested the federal government that funds saved from the military's voluntary cuts in the defence budget be spent on Balochistan province and the tribal districts of the erstwhile FATA region.

Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed the army chief's request in his speech on the floor of the National Assembly on Saturday, when he acknowledged the state of underdevelopment in Balochistan and the tribal districts and the government's efforts to undo the "lopsided development".

"One of our biggest problems is that the richer has gotten richer and poor has had no impact. Some areas have grown while other have been flung back. This is lopsided development. Balochistan is one of those areas, and the other is (erstwhile) FATA," he said, particularly mentioning Sardar Akhtar Mengal of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) whose support proved critical for the government in the budget's approval.