June 11, 2008arms racearmybudgetChinadefenceForeign Affairsinternational relationsmilitaryPakistanpoliticsproxy warpublic finance

Dear Yusuf Raza Gilani

Regarding freezing defence expenditure

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Your decision to freeze Pakistan’s defence expenditure as a show of its desire for peace with neighbours” is welcome. We even hope that you will someday be able to control that budgetary head.

You also hoped to see a reciprocal gesture from our neighbour for the sake of peace and prosperity of the region”, which we are told is an obvious reference to India.” While your sentiments remain worthy of praise you should have also asked your neighbours to the North and to the West to reciprocate too. It’s a pity you didn’t.

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