35 most powerful military powers in the world

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.

See also: Number of nuclear warheads down worldwide, up in S Asia

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.

arms importer exporter

US defence budget

Above: Meanwhile, the US defence budget is larger than the next 12 largest military budgets on Earth — combined!

Pakistan: The brighter side:

Forbes calls Pakistan the next Colombia success story, asks US to see beyond security lens

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects pick up pace

$46B China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: 15 years, 3 routes, 51 projects

$7.6B 1,800km TAPI gas pipeline to be operational in 2018

Pakistan petrol prices 18th lowest in the world

Bloomberg on Pakistan’s economic revival, construction boom

Next year, Pakistan may upgrade to emerging-market status: WSJ

Naya Pakistan: Travel from Pindi to Islamabad in 20¢ in wifi-ed AC bus

Rs 154B Orange Line Metro Train for Lahore

Green Line train from Islamabad to Karachi with free wifi

Groundbreaking of Karachi’s Green Line Bus project

No ordinary day as international cricket returns to Pakistan

Pakistan is enjoying a rare period of optimism: The Economist

Pakistan is less corrupt than last year. This is good news. What’s the bad news?

Pakistan 6th most populous country now and in 2050

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

UK cuts Pakistan increases defence

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.

Britain's armed forces

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:

Pakistani passport ranked second worst for international travel

Everything about Pakistan’s competitiveness – in 10 photos

In World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business Report, Pakistan ranks 138

Pakistan world’s 43rd largest economy by GDP: World Bank

Pakistan at rock bottom in Human Capital Index 2015

Pakistan ranks 5th in terrorism-affected countries list

Pakistan 10th most fragile country

As S Asia ups economic game, Pakistan risks falling behind: WSJ. The question is why?

Pakistan, Afghanistan only two remaining polio endemic countries

Pakistan #106 in Good Country Index

91% Pakistanis have access to drinking water: Unicef/WHO

Pakistan 65th most vulnerable country to face climate change

Which country has the worst air pollution? | Hint: Pakistan

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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