Govt finalises consultation with armed forces for next defence budget

ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday completed consultation with the armed forces for development and defence budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2014-15. According to sources, the government has assured the armed forces, especially Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force, of better allocations for their development projects as well as their other needs relating to defence capability enhancement. In a meeting with Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila on Wednesday, Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar assured the chief of the naval staff that defence of the country remained the government’s top priority and it was determined to take all actions, and to commit all resources, required to ensure that no enemy from within or outside could bring any harm to Pakistan. Sandila, who called on Ishaq Dar, also took up the various matters of mutual interest, Pakistan’s internal and external security situation and the steps being taken by the government to bring peace and stability in the country.  The minister noted that enhanced defence capabilities required a strong economy and society, and that the government was focussing on accelerating the pace of socio-economic development in the country to ensure both peace and prosperity. The navy chief thanked the minister for giving due consideration to the financial requirements of the naval force in maintaining its capabilities to defend the country’s frontiers at the sea. First the finance minister headed into a meeting with the chief of air staff in January this year. Then two months later he held a meeting on the same subject with the chief of army staff. The meeting with the navy chief was due as the government had started finalizing allocations for major heads for the upcoming fiscal year. 

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