rmy Chief General Raheel Sharif held a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Rawalpindi on Friday, military media wing reported. According to ISPR, matters related to Army budget were discussed in the meeting. Both the leaders have discussed defence budget for Pakistan Army in detail as a part of budget to be presented in June. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that defence carries paramount importance for the country.
He assures Army Chief General Raheel Sharif that necessary resources will be allocated for defense. Budgetary requirements of Pak Army for the next financial year figured during the meeting.
nter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday informed that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif met with Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar at General Headquarters (GHQ).
Both the leaders discussed defence budget for Pakistan Army in detail during the meeitng.
The discussion was held in regards to the budget to be presented in June, reported Dunya News.
In a rare move, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif met with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday to discuss the military’s pressing budgetary needs in light of the rapidly changing internal security situation.
The two men discussed the budgetary requirements of the military for the year 2014-15, read a terse statement issued by the ministry.
“The finance minister acknowledged the need to ensure the fulfilment of the requirements of defence in light of the current security situation”, the statement added. Dar also assured the army chief that defence was of paramount importance to the country and hence, necessary resources will be allocated.
According to a finance ministry official, the meeting was held in the General Headquarters (GHQ) Rawalpindi. He also said that the actual defence budget may be higher than the revised budget, if the federal government decides to launch the ground offensive in North Waziristan.
In normal circumstances, the defence budget for the financial year 2014-15 will be over 10% higher than the revised budget of Rs647 billion. However, in exceptional circumstances, the military’s additional financial needs could be met through development grant. On Friday, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said launching a military operation against the Taliban this month could be a possibility if Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan violates the ceasefire.