2016 update: In the 2016 ranking, Pakistan military is now at No 13 in the world. Check here: Comparing the Pakistan & Afghanistan military power
Pakistan’s military is ranked as the 15th most powerful military in the world, according to an infographic published in Business Insider, above.
For a simpler evaluation of military power, Business Insider has turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower and the amount of equipment each country has in its respective arsenal, as well as access to resources.
The index focuses on quantity, ignoring significant quantitative differences.
Business Insider has created the above chart to compare the top 35 militaries according to the Global Firepower Index.
The ranking, released in April, involves a complex set of data that is subject to ongoing adjustments and corrections.
Pakistan is world’s third largest arms importer.
We are adding another chart by The Economist about international arms sale, below.
Our over half of imports come from the US, over one fourth from China, and a smaller quantity from Sweden.
Above: Meanwhile, the US defence budget is larger than the next 12 largest military budgets on Earth — combined!
Pakistan: The brighter side:
A random 5 June 2015 update:
4 June: UK cuts defence by 1.5% for 2015
5 June: Pakistan increases defence budget by 11% to Rs 781B for 2015-16
An interesting aside is decreasing number of UK’s armed forces, below, which we shared on our Facebook pages when they were first released by MoD.
Sources: SIPRI. The Economist, MoD UK, Business Insider
See also another interesting aside: Invading Switzerland? Try Before 8 or After 5
See also, some other indices on Pakistan:
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By Wali Zahid
Wali failed to finish his PhD in international conflict analysis from University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.
As part of his study fellowships, he went to Canada’s Pearson Peacekeeping Center, American University Washington DC’s Summer School in Conflict & Peace, ASPR Austria’s Peace-building Summer program and GIIS’s Program in International Security in Geneva, Switzerland and UK’s Reading University’s Humanitarian Intervention Conference.
He has participated in international conferences along side specialists from SIPRI, which produced the above data.
While he worked as a journalist, Wali had the opportunity to visit Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground, and forward posts along the Line of Control (LOC) on Pakistan-India border.
He also had the opportunity to visit Pakistan Ordnance Factory, Rebuild Factory, PAF Kamra Base.
As a leadership thinker, Wali has spoken on military leadership at Pakistan Naval Academy, Karachi.
His recent piece:Wali on The Pakistan 2050 Opportunity
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