The image above is from Business Insider which has ranked the world’s 20 strongest militaries in a report here.
In Global Firepower Index’s own 2016 ranking, Pakistan is ranked as the 13th most powerful military in the world.
In 2016-17 Pakistan federal budget, Rs 860 billion ($8.2 billion) were allocated to defence. An increase of 11% from previous fiscal-year budget, it is 2.6pc of Pakistan GDP.
In 2014 ranking by Global Firepower Index, Pakistan was ranked as the 15th most powerful military in the world. Our detailed post then, which was widely read.
2014 GFI ranking: Pakistan 15th most powerful military in the world
So it’s quite an upward movement that in two years, we moved up by two notches in GFI ranking and four notches in Credit Suisse ranking.
All eyes are now on 2017 GFI ranking to be released in April.
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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