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Defense Budget not to be slashed: Durrani

30 May, 2006

Federal Minister for Information and broadcasting Muhammad Ali Durrani has said that the defense budget would not be slashed in the next budget 2006-0
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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and broadcasting Muhammad Ali Durrani has said that the defense budget would not be slashed in the next budget 2006-07 for maintaining minimum deterrence and to strengthen the security of Pakistan in line with the geographical situation in the region.

"Maintaining defense budget of the country is essential in view of the volatile Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, he stated this while talking to Online.

He said Kashmir issue has been the bone of contention between Pakistan and India for last five decades and it was inevitable for Pakistan to maintain a defense budget to survive in such conditions.

The minister said all the nations were meant to improve and strengthen their defense to survive in the world in the most respectable way and defense budget was essential for Pakistan especially in the hostile atmosphere in which we were living and had neighbouring countries like India.

Government is working on a compiling a detailed composite strategy to do away with price hike, rampant unemployment and we are primarily focusing on providing relief to common man, and the government has settled its priorities in this regard, he said adding the next budget will be pro-development budget that will bring positive change in the life of common man.

"Our priority will remain on the development projects that will be launched in the country to bring prosperity in the life of the common man," minister added.

He said the government had been working to prepare a comprehensive programme to eradicate poverty, unemployment and price hike and measures and same strategy would be followed in the next budget 2006-07.

Durani said; we will concentrate on the quake-hit areas in the next budget 2006-07 and continue our work to rehabilitate and reconstruct the affected areas of the country.

"The people of the quake-hit areas need our attention and the masses should come forward in this regard to join hands with the government so that the affected people could return to normal life," minister informed.

Minister said that government had been successful in relief work in the quake-hit areas and now the obligation lays with the masses and the government to continue with relief activities in the next financial year.

"Our priority is to bring the prosperity in the country that would help enhance the living standard of the masses," minister said adding that people can play vital role in this regard.

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Reader Comments:

Be polite to the nation and be pragmatic

Mr. Durrani is following in the footsteps of Shaikh Rashid in his stereotype pronouncements. This is one trouble with our ministers, who did not get grilled in the democratic nurseries. Why can't the Defence Budget be slashed? Why do you have to bring this matter to the public notice at all? The Nation's intelligentsia should come forward and create think tanks. Our banks and other industrial businesses can finance the think tanks. Pakistan's Army needs a more focused vision. There are military cantonments and installations lying idle of the colonial era. These are worth their weight in sterling gold. Nut let these not disposed of by the present ministers, most of who are there through horse-trading. Pakistan needs to build fences with its neighbours and a beginning should be made now. It is stressed that top priority be given to putting roots to a working democracy in the country. Nobody has a clear vision of how it can be done. Let our think tanks put forward pragmatic solutions. Britain can be lured to do that for Pakistan in the same manner as the renaissance leader, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan had done by visiting England and to bring the best British academics, gratis, to lay the building block of the Muslim University at Aligarh. If only we had an enlightened and progressive media, they would have kept the sitting government in its proper shape and appearance. A time is coming when there will be a working democracy in place and such TV artists and producers as "Allen" of the blockbuster “Alif Noon” fame shall have so much to entertain the people by digging in the past lives and works of the politicos. There was a saying that was common at Aligarh University about good-for-nothing students. It is in Urdu: “yahan aik se aik ooncha rakkha huwa he.” How true of the sitting government's majority ministers and functionaries.

Sher Mohammad.

Sher Mohammad, Pakistan - 30 May, 2006

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