Pak Military demands hike in salary
When countries across the world are battling against the novel coronavirus, Pakistan Army has sought a package of Rs 6,367 crore from the government to increase the salary of Army personnel by 20 per cent. The hike in salary has been demanded in the
wake of Pakistani currency’s decline and rising inflation. This is their contribution to the crumbling society-20% increase in the salaries of the personnel of the army, navy and air force amid cost-cutting and austerity measures by the government.
The Pakistan Army has reportedly stated that the salary of soldiers should be hiked as they are finding it difficult to cope with the situation amid price
rise. The Army reminded the government of its earlier promise to increase the salaries of officers up to Brigadier rank by 5 per cent and of soldiers by 10 per cent.
The all-powerful Pakistan Army’s demand has come at a time when people of Pakistan are passing through the worst phase but the men in uniform are least concerned with other issues. They have cited that the soldiers are unable to
run their house in the current salary, but the truth is that the Army has enough funds to drain money to fire bullets on the Indian border, besides running other businesses in the country.
Pak Army-the money making machine
In the year 2016, a report said that the Army
invested more than $100 billion in Pakistan’s private sector business. Its Commercial Wing, Shaheen Foundation, has residential properties worth over $20 billion or Rs 1.5 lakh crore.
The Pakistan Army reportedly runs companies in different sectors including banking, food, retail, superstores, cement, real estate, housing, construction, and private security service to insurance
firms. Now, it is toying with the idea to enter into oil business as well. What use are these companies when it cannot help alleviate poverty and unemployment from your own masses?
The irony is that Pakistan has 33,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 700 people have already lost their lives. Prime Minister Imran Khan has also stated that Pakistan’s economy is not in a condition
to withstand the current economic pressure due to the COVID-19 lockdown. And yet the military top brass has thought this to be the one stop solution to all of Pakistan’s problems- filling up their own pockets with a pay hike while the rest of the
It is hurtful to see that the protectors of the land become the attackers of the people, making the economy hollow from within. The Pakistan Army’s business is not affected by the nation’s defence budget, still, it
is crying for the lack of funds. It was very evident from the beginning that all the business ventures of Pakistan Army are not at all useful to the Awam of the country. In fact, thanks to this Coronavirus situation, it is now blatantly clear that the Army
never really cared for its people and will be more than willing to trample on their dead bodies if the need be, as they have made clear by demanding for a pay hike amidst such testing times.
19 May 20/Tuesday
Written By: Saima Ibrahim