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NA committee seeks details about aid provided to army during last 3 years

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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly (NA) standing Committee on finance has sought from Defence Ministry details of foreign aid provided to army during the last three years.

Documents available related to decisions taken during NA committee meeting held under Fouzia Wahab reveal that secretary Defence Athar Ali Khan told the committee during briefing that overall current year Defence budget surpassed 158 B rupees which was distributed among headquarters and institutions of all the three forces. Rs 524 billion have been sought for the next financial year.

He disclosed that over 10000 army officers and jawans had been martyred during war against terrorism. According to documents the committee described the information as insufficient provided by defence secretary about defence budget and directed ministry of defence to provide all the details of defence budget and demand made under every head besides furnishing separate details of how much expenses would be incurred on civil defence and military defence. On receipt of these details the committee would make recommendation to the government to increase defence budget.

As per documents the committee expressed displeasure over Abbottabad incident saying army should define its responsibilities afresh in war against terrorism so that such incidents could be averted in future. Committee also directed defence ministry to furnish details about the assistance provided to army and its distribution under different heads. Defence ministry was also asked to update its website besides providing details about cantonment areas including defence housing authority.

It may be recalled that National Assembly defence committee has already approved defence budget for the next fiscal year but standing committee has rejected incomplete details about defence budget.

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