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ISLAMABAD – Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said that the defence budget has been addressed in order to tackle the upcoming food security challenges.
He also lauded the provinces for making their budgets on the basis of their own estimates of the security challenges instead of relying on the forecasting done by the federal government, even though defence is a federal subject.
“The budget is an aspiration for reaching any certain stage that is based on a certain assumption. And if you want to reach anywhere in Pakistan you have to increase the defence budget,” he said while addressing the media.
“It is not a budget of 19th century, but it’s an evolving document that can be adjusted around the clock in line with parade ground realities,” Shaikh added.
Shaikh was flanked by Minister for Information Shibli Faraz, Minister for Industries Hammad Azhar, and Adviser to the PM on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood as emblems of those ground realities.
The financial advisor maintained that the desert locust attacks on crops assumed dangerous proportions, which requires a military operation.
“The federal budget has also allocated Rs12bn for development projects in food security and agricultural growth. It goes without saying that those will come under the defence domain as well,” Shaikh maintained.