Shrink the Army, Expand the Police

Posted on October 1, 2009
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Syed Abbas Raza

It is impossible to effectively address Pakistan’s myriad problems so long as security conditions continue to deteriorate. We are unable to control our own territory as armed militias and criminal gangs run amok in our cities, towns and villages.

Sectarian violence is growing unabated. Business is fearful and the economy in tatters. Many of those with resources are making plans to migrate. Meanwhile, terrorist organisations freely launch attacks at home and abroad, with the government unable to provide security even in the capital.

Since we have sunk to this point mostly during Gen Musharraf’s nine years in power, it is time to re-examine the fundamental security strategy of Pakistan.

For decades the army has functioned under the increasingly questionable assumption that the greatest threat the country faces is a military confrontation with India. The armed services have accordingly consumed great proportions of Pakistan’s tight budget ($4.4bn for fiscal year 2008-2009, a seven per cent increase over the previous year) in preparation and readiness for a conventional war that they cannot win. As part of the same strategic objective, in the hopes of keeping large numbers of Indian troops (close to 700,000 at last count) occupied in Indian-held Kashmir, the army allegedly trained fundamentalist militant groups and encouraged them to wage attacks there.

At the same time, it is alleged that our military and intelligence establishment trained and supported the Taliban in Afghanistan with the purpose of having a friendly government on the western border over which Pakistan could exercise its influence (all part of the dubious policy of ‘strategic depth’ in case of a war with India). Of course, the predictable blowback from these operations has resulted in the current state of near-complete lawlessness in large parts of the country, as well as every province being awash in weapons.

Have any strategic goals been reached? No. Is the Kashmir problem any closer to a solution? No. Do we have a friendly government on our western border? No. What we have achieved is an insecure and crumbling state that could well become a pariah in the international community.

We have already demonstrated we possess a credible nuclear deterrent and must realise that we hurt only ourselves by imagining India as an enemy hell-bent on our destruction. India is a fast-growing economic giant, focused on lifting itself out of poverty. It has little to gain from any attempts to capture Pakistani territory and everything to gain by having a stable and prosperous neighbour as a trading partner. The Kashmir issue can and should be resolved through diplomatic pressure and international support.

In any case, we must ask ourselves whether the well-being of 170 million Pakistanis can be forever held hostage to the fate and future of the Muslim community in Indian-held Kashmir, especially after more than 60 years of support has not improved the situation for them one jot, but has led to disastrous results for us.

The present danger to Pakistan comes from the lawlessness and terrorism in the country and the government’s inability to effectively project authority and guarantee the safety of its citizens. Jihadist organisations with foreign funding appear to have joined hands with the Taliban and their sympathisers to wreak havoc in the country with their ultimate retrograde dream of creating a mediaeval society where a draconian interpretation of the Sharia is enforced, women kept as chattel and modernity and progress defeated.

Some of these groups are determined to attack and intimidate, if not eliminate, religious minorities. Then, we have the heavily armed militias affiliated with political parties. Finally, there are the criminal gangs involved in drug trafficking, kidnapping, carjacking, extortion, armed robbery and murder.

The idea that the army can somehow defend the country against this lawlessness is ludicrous. How can the armoured corps help fight sectarian car-bombings in Karachi? How will yet another squadron of F-16 aircraft defeat the drug smugglers in Lahore? How does the infantry do the detective work necessary to bring kidnappers and carjackers to justice? How can the army deal with the creators of mayhem that are thoroughly dispersed within our population, in every town and every city? It cannot. Yet the armed forces consume a hugely disproportionate share of Pakistan’s federal budget.

So, here is my suggestion: reduce the size of the Pakistan armed forces by a third, and use the money saved to dramatically increase the police budget. Currently defence spending is 20 per cent of the federal budget, while slightly over one per cent is spent on policing. This move will allow at least a six- to seven-fold increase in the police budget. Give our brave police the salary, equipment, training and manpower they need to bring law and order back to our cities and towns. They are the ones paying the highest price in terms of lives, and they are the only ones with a chance of controlling the proliferation of weapons and our epidemic of crime and terrorism.

Explain the decision candidly to our neighbours, refuse to be drawn into a no-first-strike nuclear policy and make a security pact with the United States to deter any hostile actions by India. It is in both those nations’ interest that Pakistan be stable and well-policed. This will also have the salutary effect of significantly reducing corruption in the country, and will result in an atmosphere of security and justice in which healthcare and education can be delivered effectively, and business can start dealing with the challenges of the 21st century economy.

Syed Abbas Raza, editor of 3QuarksDaily (3QD), wrote this piece for Dawn.

34 Comments on “Shrink the Army, Expand the Police”

  1. October 1st, 2009 10:23 am

    Some fresh idea with new thoughts. I know a lot of people will have some negative things about our police but at the same time, the fact remains that our police came from us. We didn’t import them from some other country.

    A police man who is brought up in some neighborhood is more effective to control the crime (since he knows a lot of people in that vicinity) than asking army or rangers to come and bring the crime down. Yes I know the same person can harm a lot if he/she decides to do the crime but its a moral issue and sadly we (pakistanis) struggle at that end too.

    The question is WHO can do it. I think it should be a gradual decrease over the period of lets say 5 or 10 years and also Government should have some other jobs available for for those people coming out of Army.

    We need to start manufacture things like China & India. If they can do it, then why can’t we?
    Pakistan ZindaAbad

  2. Shahid says:
    October 1st, 2009 11:04 am

    In 2007, the US allocated $731 million to help the country’s military and only $4.9 million for its police. That is 0.6%
    The same happened throughout 2001-2006. The US was promised the share of police spending would be raised to at least 10%.
    Police officers have guns from ancient times; they’re better than muskets but useless.
    The officers joining the Police through the FPSC are far better educated than their compatriots in the army. The political interruption in police procedure, mismanagement, lack of funds and de-moralized soldiers lead these bright young men to become a part of the police system we inherited from the British. Keep the people in check, control them, not protect them.
    Nonetheless, the CrPC needs to be amended in order to check the vast arresting powers allowed to the police which they use to harass the people as well.
    Another point is the ill fated National Criminal Database. Started somewhere near 2003 with US support, it has not yet managed to take off. NADRA was so eager and kind to establish Verisys for the financial sector because it gets Rs. 35 for every query through Verisys, but it has not been friendly with the establishment of the NCDB. The AFIS being set up jointly by FIA and the NPB are also good projects, but keeping in mind nearly 70 percent of all adults are already registered with NADRA, the establishment of the NCDB and an electronic police record system should be the priority.
    The only forensic lab in running is in Islamabad, that too donated by the PRC for a million USD. If the Armed Forces can just donated a percentage of money they earn through their clever DHAs , we can establish many a forensic lab, control crime and bring justice to the people.
    Two good reads on police reforms, one from Dr. Shoab Suddle (Former IG Sindh Police, DG IB, DG NPB at present)
    Dr. Hasan Abbas, fellow ISPU
    Police Record and Office Management Information System (PROMIS)
    AFIS on NPB and FIA
    NCDB on FIA

  3. Farrukh says:
    October 1st, 2009 11:10 am

    Given enough resources we can have a police service as professional and compotent as the military.

    Jitna gurh dallo go utni shakkar ho gi.

    We have the police we have because we do not invest in it. So, the idea of investing more resources in the police is a good one. We know from the Highway police and Islamabad police that this works.

  4. ANON says:
    October 1st, 2009 11:10 am

    Please don’t. Army is the only organisation (good or bad) that we have. Things will be worst if the army is made to shrink.

  5. babag says:
    October 1st, 2009 11:34 am

    It’s a good idea to start with. To improve our police, we have to increase their salaries, benefits and give them good equipment. Ultimately you will start drawing good qualified people in the police force.

  6. Shahid says:
    October 1st, 2009 11:41 am

    Shirazi Sahib,
    As the author pointed out, we cannot bear the financial burden of maintaing a conventional armed forces and a vast nuclear arsenal. The defence spending has been asked to be shrinked which might require the army’s strength to be reduced as well. The army can manage a smaller defence budget by controlling spending and not wasting money on maintaining a lavish lifestyle for its senior command.

  7. MQ says:
    October 1st, 2009 12:02 pm

    It’s a good idea. A sensible idea. But our track record shows we don’t sensible things. The very idea of having nuclear weapons was to have a such a deterrent that we don’t need a large army to fight a conventional war. But ended up having both nuclear weapons and a very large and expensive army.

    Probably I being too cynical, but my guess is we will first have a large police, but then wouldn’t reduce the size of the army.
    Piaaz bhi khao aur korray bhi.

    But the idea is good, if followed the way it is meant.

  8. Aamir Ali says:
    October 1st, 2009 12:34 pm

    The economy grew very well during Musharraf’s time, it is in tatters today because the current govt is ignorant of economics, despite the 5x increase in aid to Pakistan. You can also blame militias and jehadis rightfully of Gen Zia ul Haq what started this whole nonsense in 1979.

    The police are trained for normal duties and cannot deal with militias. That has been proven multiple times in Swat, Lal masjid and elsewhere. What is needed is an internal security force like the Pakistan Rangers, who have better equipment and training than the police, and who can deal with heavily armed criminals and militants, with the army as last line of defense.

    The Pakistan Army is one of the few viable institutions in the country, and has made the difference in Swat, Lal Masjid and Baluchistan. Please don’t mess with it. There is plenty of money in the budget for a third-world country like Pakistan, if the money is spent effectively and not on 70 member cabinets.

  9. MQ says:
    October 1st, 2009 12:56 pm

    This argument that the army is only viable and trained institution in the country is fallacious. If you spend as much money on any institution as you do on the army — be it on education, health, justice system, law enforcing, anything — you will produce an equally viable and effective institution. It is the question of money and your priorities.

  10. Calculating_Misfit says:
    October 1st, 2009 3:30 pm

    @ Aamir Ali
    “The Pakistan Army is one of the few viable institutions in the country”

    Sure it is, because it is the only institution that has money lavished on it. When you set up a police force that is poorly trained, poorly armed, and poorly paid, and then complain that the force is ineffective, what do you think will be the result? The point of the article is to change that to improve the security situation. Furthermore even if the army/ internal security force is better trained than the police it is a broadsword not a scalpel. Yes it can blow things up pretty well and launch offensives against the Talibs, but then what? Does it understand how to act as a policing force against suicide bombers, stop ordinary crime, and create a safe security environment for the populace?

    “The economy grew very well during Musharraf’s time”

    Yea, because the Americans were dumping money left and right on Pakistan. The govt was spending money like crazy with no care of fiscal responsibility and the country was shopping on consumer credit creating huge trade deficits with the Chinese. Not to mention that virtually none of this buying spree involved improving infastructure (like the electrical grid). Now Pakistan is paying the piper, you can’t borrow forever.


    “The army can manage a smaller defence budget by controlling spending and not wasting money on maintaining a lavish lifestyle for its senior command.”

    You have got to be kidding me. Pakistan exists to serve its army not the other way around. Even Pakistan’s glorious president, Zardari, is regularly humiliated by the army and told what to do (this is not imply that I think highly of Mr. 10% ).

    @Khurram Habib

    “We need to start manufacture things like China & India. If they can do it, then why can’t we?”

    Manufacturing [China] and India [Outsourcing] requires large investments in infastructure or education. Too bad all the money goes elsewhere and the rest goes to ghost schools. Another large problem is the free trade agreement with China. Cheap Chinese goods flood the market eliminating and possibility of a local manufacturing and populace purchases such Chinese goods on credit creating huge trade deficits.

  11. Aziz says:
    October 1st, 2009 3:36 pm

    Pakistan has 700,000 active men and women protecting its borders. Compare that to India who employs 1.4 million actives so does the United States. Although Pakistan’s actives are half the size of US or India, it is protecting many times smaller land with several times smaller GDP. This does not mean monetarily, their budget is less than India’s or US. This means that Pakistan is spending more % of their GDP on army than its general public.

    We know the problem. Everyone agrees that our military is too big and we need to reduce it but who is going to do it? If an elected government tries to cut army’s budget, there will be a coup. It is more like live and let live situation between Pakistan’s elected official and its army.

    We first need to have solid government and a separation between army and the government. Our army does not need to interfere in our internal matters. On the other hand, we also need to involve India and come to a general consensus that India will not attack Pakistan. As a matter of fact, India does not want to attack Pakistan. They are building their army to fight China incase they have to. They do not fear Pakistan. They don’t need to. It is very well documented that India will win a conventional war between India and Pakistan.

    My solution is to give Kashmir to India, get an agreement that it will not stop water supply to Pakistan nor will it attach Pakistan. Get US involved to put pressure on India incase they attack us. Now reduce the size of the army and improve the infrastructure. These are long term but simple steps that will help build our economy.

    I know my comments will draw negative attention but hey, India is economically way ahead of Pakistan and no one can deny that. The question is, where do you want Pakistan to be? If India is the US of North America, Pakistan can either be Mexico or Canada. I rather Pakistan be Canada than Mexico. After all, which Pakistani would like to go and pick fruits at Indian farms or work as maids in Indian households or mow their lawns?

  12. Aamir Ali says:
    October 1st, 2009 5:19 pm

    If the military takes 20%, that leaves 80% of the budget left to everything else. That is plenty of money in a third-world country like Pakistan, which is spent effectively can considerably improve education, health AND police. Don’t condemn Pakistan Army because its organized and spends whatever cash it has efficiently.

    Don’t forget that alongwith the budget the Americans are dumping 5 times more money left and right these days in Pakistan then in the Musharraf era. Not only the Americans but the Europeans are also giving aid to Pakistan, and Chinese/Saudi assistance is also there, the same if not larger than Musharraf’s time.

    Despite 80% of the budget and billions in aid/assistance from abroad some folks want to take a knife to Pakistan Army due to anti-army phobia, while dreaming up fantasies of US defending Pakistan and Indians loving Pakistan. Sounds about as viable to me as the whole “Nizam-e-Adl” fiasco in Swat.

  13. Shiraz says:
    October 1st, 2009 5:59 pm

    Syed Abbas Raza,
    Your are correct in stating that we need to train Police but we don’t need to reduce Army. Why mess with institute which is working well ?

    Like any leader, it is IG Police responsibly to do a thorough study, recommend course of action and seek funding from Pakistan Govt and donor agencies.

    I wrote to my Alumni that we don’t have to re-invent everything. Here are few thoughts:

    1. We need various level of Police and Intel services.
    One model can be US..US Marshalls, DEA, FBI and Sheriff

    2. Seek training from Interpol and US, Scotland yard etc.

    3. IG Police should at once meet with former NY, Los Angelos Chief of Police , William Bratton. He was man behind to reduce crimes considerably in NY and LA.

    Now he is working for Altegrity- a firm who advises countries like Pakistan on modernizing their police force.

  14. Shiraz says:
    October 1st, 2009 6:02 pm

    @MQ says:
    “This argument that the army is only viable and trained institution in the country is fallacious. If you spend as much money on any institution as you do on the army — be it on education, health, justice system, law enforcing, anything — you will produce an equally viable and effective institution. It is the question of money and your priorities.”

    Really ?
    We spend millions of Rs on Senators, MNA, Justices, Education…I did not see any results.

    Lets not take our anger at Army..

    As I said earlier, it is IG Police, who need to make his case in front of Parliament and donor agencies.

    Lets leave Army alone.

  15. Aziz says:
    October 1st, 2009 6:13 pm

    @Aamir Ali,

    In today’s era of unconventional warfare, a country does not need huge army. Drones, satellites and anti missle systems can be enough to give you great advantage over your enemy. That said, with all the WMD Pakistan possess, it is nearly impossible for any country to attack Pakistan unless they are as fanatic as Talibans are. Pakistan army has done a good job in Swat but they have lost key battles againt India. That should tell you something. I am not saying that we depend on a third country to defend us but we also don’t need to spend all that money for a piece of land that has brought nothing butbloodshed to this country. There are times when a person has to amptate a limb to live that is what Pakistan needs to do. Let go off Kashmir and relations with India will be much better. Thats my 2 cents. I know it is a hard pill to swallow but again, Pakistan NEEDS to cut down on military spending and divert those funds to improve infastructure so it can develop into a great nation that it was intended for.

    Oh yeah, they also need to separate mosque and state but that is a different topic for a different day.

  16. Aamir Ali says:
    October 1st, 2009 6:50 pm


    Pakistan faces conventional threats from India, which has 80% of its military deployed on the Pakistani border, and unconventional threats from terrorists, against whom only Army and intelligence agencies have shown results.

    In the face of these genuine threats, it is not advisable to degrade the one institution that actually both these adversaries fear.

    I don’t believe that India is no threat, or that abandoning the Kashmiris will lead India to love Pakistan, or if Pakistan cuts its military and is attacked, the US will come to defend Pakistan. US has better things to do, like defend Israel.

  17. MQ says:
    October 1st, 2009 8:35 pm

    Sorry for a repeat comment, but some of the discussion here is more emotive than rational. Here are some facts from the World Bank data for 2003(?) that might clear the picture a bit:

    Percent of GDP spent on defense:
    China =2.1; India = 2.3; U.S. =3; Russia = 3.8; Pakistan = 4.6;

    Percent of GDP spent on Health, Education and defense, respectively:

    India : 0.91, 4.1, 2.3; Pakistan: 0.9, 1.8, 4.6

  18. Aamir Ali says:
    October 1st, 2009 9:09 pm


    Sorry for the repeat comment, but the percentages you quoted about Pakistan can be easily raised by using the 80% of remaining budget plus the billions of $ in aid the country gets from USA/EU, and assistance from China/Saudi.

    Those who wish to cut the strength and capabilities of Pakistan Armed Forces, and instead rely on US or Indian good wishes, or UN or OIC to ensure security of Pakistan, are the ones engaged in emotive thinking.

  19. October 1st, 2009 10:58 pm

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook page:

    - “Yes, our real crisis is of law and order and thugs killing Pakistanis. The security and safety of ordinary Pakistanis should be the top priority. And the real enemy are those doing bombings and suicide attacks etc. in or cities.”
    - “helo maan thats not the solution of of pakistan’s problem if we want to stay alive as a proud nation then our defense has to be the most powerful part of our nation”
    - “once your army is shrinked….outsiders will find easy to attack in pakistan…..”
    - “Well Frankly speaking!! What our country’s defender are doing? XE is in Pakistan!!”
    - “We should look into the example of Korea / Singapore where the citizens get trained in the art of military and are classified as Reserves. Then we may be able to self manage our affairs.”
    - “aray babbb ray babbb”
    - “incrase police with out shrinking army. Because we have a great danger from forien enemies”
    - “There is no need to reduce Army, we need Army for our survival.”
    - “Well point made in this article is two fold. Firstly we are marred by internal unrest at this time that balloons into a major problem as it happened in Swat. If we have strong police in first these problems will be dealt in their infancy. Even if you need Army to deal with extremists/internal wrong doers, once they are done as in Swat you need police to keep the order as Army is NOT trained to take care of things afterwords. Secondly, Army is consuming lion’s share of our GDP. In modern times no one can survive just having big Army .. best example was USSR. They had one of the biggest armies but what was the reason of their downfall, economic collapse. We are made to believe that we need army to survive … actually thats wrong what happened in 1971 is a good example. If the people are not happy and prosperous no nation/country can survive. We need to provide basic needs to the people and get our economic situation better and for that we’ll have to stop spending humongous amounts on Army. I doubt this will happen as we are forced to live as “national security state” so it’ll need a herculean effort on part a leader to turn it into people’s welfare state. In our history there was only one time when it was possible and we came close to it … after 1971 and ZA butto had the mandate and ability to do it but unfortunately he used army against his opponents and then the dark era of that “murd-momin good for nothing” fellow started !”
    - “No need to shrink the army. Expand the police : yes and pay them better.”
    - “”

  20. Calculating_Misfit says:
    October 2nd, 2009 12:08 am

    @Aamir Ali

    “Don’t forget that alongwith the budget the Americans are dumping 5 times more money left and right these days in Pakistan then in the Musharraf era.”

    This is incorrect. The US has spent a grand total of $11 billion of Pakistan from the 9/11/ 2001 to A 2008 (less than 7 years). This comes to about $1.6 billion/year. The Americans have now approved about $1.5 billion/year. If you are to make bold statements (e.g. 5 times as much money in aid from the US) please back them up with some sources rather than blindly posting them.

    “Not only the Americans but the Europeans are also giving aid to Pakistan, and Chinese/Saudi assistance is also there, the same if not larger than Musharraf’s time.”

    These so called Friends of Pakistan pledge much but actually deliver virtually nothing. Only the Americans are actually contributing.

    “Despite 80% of the budget and billions in aid/assistance”
    Even assuming that your numbers (20% for the military ) are correct (not sure where you got them from) that does not include the fact that until recently most of the aid from the Americans goes to the military anyhow. As for you numbers according the Pakistan’s FY (fiscal year) 2009-2010 budget (you can find it at, the military is getting about 343 billion Rs. in funds (up from 311 billion Rs. the year before). This dwarves the meager amounts for Education (31 billion Rs.), Security/Police (35 billion Rs.), and Healthcare (6 billion Rs.). The only item that is larger than the military allocation is something deceptively called General Public Services. The breakout of this item reveals that it is mostly repaying foreign/domestic debt (of which military spending probably caused a lot of). Of course these are the “official” numbers, who knows how much is pocketed by the army staff. Is it any surprise that the army is the only viable institution?? The army is corrupt as much or even more than other institutions in Pakistan, but so much money is dumped on it that some of it filters down.

    The following vid gives a good example (though it was made 2 years ago):

  21. Riaz Haq says:
    October 2nd, 2009 12:50 am

    I think merely pumping more money, increasing salaries or enlarging the size of the police force will not help, particularly when the people in general do not see the police as their friends and protectors.

    What is really needed is to find a way to develop a more comprehensive strategy involving better moral, practical and professional training, supplemented by closer police-community partnerships that involve greater cooperation with and better oversight of the police by the local communities in cities, towns and villages.

    There should be police commissions consisting of respected citizens in each city to hold hearings, approve appointments, provide oversight and make policies for the police departments under local governments.

    Police also need to be made effective in terms of their data access, communication gear, mobility, investigative technology/capability, arms and professional conduct.

  22. Aamir Ali says:
    October 2nd, 2009 1:05 am


    US aid to Pakistan started in 2003 in announcement by Bush at Camp David, and totalled $3.5 billion dollars. The rest of the money is Coalition Support Funds, money for services provided by Pakistan such as supply lines and military operations launched by Pakistani forces. It is not “aid”, but think-tanks and media folks need impact so they lump it together and portray the entire amount as “aid”.

    Now Pakistan is getting $1.5 billion per year….bundles of cash. Like I said, the EU, Saudis and Chinese also send cash/assistance. Hence there is no point in claiming that funds are scarce in Pakistan due to army gobbling up everything.

    Your accusations against Army corruption are also unsubstantiated. The Pakistan Armed Forces are far less corrupt than other institutions. However bad apples exist everywhere like that Mansoor-ul-Haq fellow. It is quite clear that your real motivation is against the Armed Forces, and not in favor of the police.

  23. Riaz Haq says:
    October 2nd, 2009 1:37 am

    Under Kerry-Lugar bill just passed, $1.5 billion is just the non-military aid, the total US aid to Pakistan for fiscal 2009 is over $3 billion. Here is how it breaks down, according to an OpEd in the News by Zardari’s adviser Frahnaz Ispahani:

    The total amount of the bill passed by US Senate for FY 2009 is $3021.0 million. $1147.5 million would be given under the head of Development and Reconstruction out of which $33.5 million will be given under the head of Child Survival and Health Programme whereas Economic Support Fund would receive $1,114.0 million while $11,02 million will be made available for the country in FY2010 with $27.9 million and $1,074.3 million on Child Survival and Health Programme and Economic Support Fund respectively.

    Pakistan will receive a total of $1103.1 million under the head of Security Assistance out of which foreign military financing would be $300.0 million this year whereas $700.0 million have been allocated for Pakistan Counter Insurgency Fund; $13.3 million would be spent on Non-Profit, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Issues. International Narcotics and Law Enforcement would receive a total of $87.5 million while $2.3 million would be spent under the Head of IMET. It is worth mentioning here that $298.0 million, $22.7 million, $155.2 million and $ 4.0 million respectively would be given to the country under the same head in FY2010.

    Pakistan will receive a total of $255.4 million under the head of humanitarian grant; further details are that Migration and Refugee Assistance will be given $69.6 million while Food for Progress will get $31.0 million, PL480 $36.3 million and International Disaster Assistance will be given $118.0 million in the FY 2009. Migration and Refugee Assistance will receive $20.0 million while no money has been reserved for Food for Progress, PL and International Disaster Assistance in the FY 2010. Total State Department operations will entail $2,506.0 million in this financial year whereas it would be $1602.0 million in the next financial year.

    The Department of Defense will receive a total of $515.6 million in which Counter- Narcotics will receive an amount of $63.3 million this year and $38.4 million in the next financial year while $25.0 million have been reserved for FATA Authority this year.


  24. Adil says:
    October 2nd, 2009 5:20 am

    The author used the words

    “by imagining India as an enemy hell-bent on our destruction”

    We are not imagining things here. India has practically proved to be our enemy at every step in the past 62 years and particularly in last 5-6 years. Before the american invasion of Afghanistan there was never a hostility on our western border. After american invasion India heavily increased its presence in Afghanistan and it was after that we witnessed the start of suicide bombings, killings and terrorism. In the recent Swat operation, many proofs of Indian involvements were found and were shared with NATO commanders by Pak Army.

    And as far as the police is concerned, a major part of our police force is deployed on security of our VIP politicians. There is hardly any force left for protection of public. If you really want a solution to the law and order situation, then take away special protection from the politicians and give them the same security that a common man enjoys, then see the results.

  25. October 2nd, 2009 6:48 am

    Suggestion to shrink the army is OK! The army must be shrinked by 10% and civilians must be inducted on rotation basis for a period of 1 year to serve the army. It will be extremely beneficial. The college goers must serve the army and must get 2% extra marks and get free higher education in return.

    To expand the police is not acceptable. Police culture is the root cause of all the major problems in Pakistan. Police is creating anti Pakistan sentiments in the ordinary citizen by blocking justice to them and suppressing and insulting them on routine basis. Their usual behaviour is harsh and unfair to every single person who gets in contact with them.

    Can any body point me a single police officer who is an exception in the Punjab Police department. can some body send me a name of an SHO or junior officer who never takes bribe, who is upright in his dealings and cannot be influenced politically for an illegal favour. If such an office exists kindly send me his name and rank on xmirza at hotmail dot com.

    So by multiplying their numbers the crime rate will go higher. The police force must be squeezed by 50% and you will see the crime rate going down.

  26. Wahab says:
    October 2nd, 2009 10:49 am

    I think this hits nail on its head. We DO need a stronger and better equipped police. Its not just how many are in the police its also how well equipped it is and that is the key. Pay them well and not just crime but also corruption will be reduced.

  27. Abid Ali says:
    October 2nd, 2009 11:53 am

    I guess. Pakistan is not required to fear india rather to fear from anyone. Even india should not fear of military attacks from China and Pak. Gone are the days of direct military assult.. In my opinion the wars will be more of economy based and not military based…If India & pakistan agrees to co-opreate the sub continent will be great economy .. India needs on Pakistani Cement due to its best quality and lot of other things similarly pak can benefit the other way on indian goods…
    The only win win solution to Kashmir is Recognize LOC as international border .. with J & K with india and Azad kashmir & Northen areas with Pakistan…

  28. ali says:
    October 2nd, 2009 9:23 pm

    We can in no way shrink our army specially with a suspicious neighbor like India around us who keeps on getting armed to the teeth with the most sophisticated military hardware available in the market and is looking for an excuse to attack Pakistan and humiliate Pakistan at every forum.. reducing the budget of the armed forces has got nothing to do with the betterment of the police department as it is a provincial matter and it is the responsibility of the respective provinces to upgrade its police services to combat problems facing the country today, but not at the cost of curtailing the budget of the armed forces.Pakistan should continue to upgrade its armed forces for its survival as it has no other option.

  29. Geeyes says:
    October 3rd, 2009 8:49 am

    I am not here to tell how Pakistan should balance between police and army. But as per the author Dr.Ayesha Siddiqa, it looks like army is more indulging in business than protecting the borders. Right from 1947 how the army executed coup after coup to prevent democratic institutions from taking root is history. Few people realize how Pakistan became a pawn in the rivalry between India and China. To keep India pre-occupied China is using Pakistan army with all kinds of supply including nuclear help. Is it not a fact that cheap Chinese goods are flooding Pakistan’s market which is detrimental to the local growth?

  30. Syed Fareed Ali says:
    October 3rd, 2009 2:15 pm

    It is an excellent suggestion. I am myself a police officer and can vouch for a fact that the intelligence gathered by Police is more effective than that gathered by any other agency. It was Police in Punjab which dealt with the secterian violence there and completely wiped it out. Some analysts have also argued that had Police been strengthened before situation in Swat would not have happened. It is also time that we remove our fixation from the image of a traffic constable taking 100 rupee bribe and focus on really strengthening this institution through improving its training and removing political interference and provision of resources

  31. Zaib Ali says:
    October 4th, 2009 6:53 am

    We can not shrink our army at all! Its in Holy Quran that keep your arms and horses ready but i agree we should pay attention to our Police but first we have to take out the bad guys from the department. Whatever we spend on this department such guys are not going to let it work properly and are always going to act as hurdle for other right honest people to work properly….

  32. Ghulam Ali says:
    October 4th, 2009 11:17 am

    Zaib Ali is right. We should destroy our tanks and buy lots and lots of horses!!!!!

  33. Zaib Ali says:
    October 5th, 2009 2:02 pm

    Thats a Quranic verse that i wrote about earlier and i did not meant we should buy horses but thats the order of our God in Quran and we should be ready for any of the external attack made on us. And use your senses Ghulam there were no tanks 1400 years ago when Quran was sent to this earth!

  34. Zaib Ali says:
    October 5th, 2009 2:09 pm

    And yes by shrinking the army our borders will also get shrinked! that would cool nah?

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