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Civilians to eat up more than half of proposed Rs5.237 trillion budget for 2018-19.

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved an expansionary fiscal policy that offers little for defence but gives away more than half of the estimated budget of Rs5.237 trillion for the new fiscal year to meet the supposed growing civilian needs.The cabinet on Tuesday approved only Rs1.1 trillion for regular defence budget and another Rs100 billion for Armed Forces Development Programme (AFDP) a sum of Rs1.2 trillion that is merely around a quarter of the proposed total budget.

Analysts say the budget is the latest example of the civilians overarching into other institutions' realms and challenging their Constitutional supremacy."This is the latest example of the civilian leadership exercising powers beyond its jurisdictions, at the cost of the masses' fundamental right to be safeguarded by the military," a leading analyst told The Dependent wishing anonymity, citing anonymity amidst growing number of missing persons and channels.

A military official, speaking off the record amidst security concerns, said everyone know who's actually running the country."These invisible forces want to dictate everything.

And we all know that their quest to increase their control over the country is centered around their economic ambitions."This scribe disappeared half way into the filing of this news, and so the remaining has been completed by the press release of the propaganda outlet of the civilian machinery that calls itself public relations.

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Publication:Pakistan Today (Lahore, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 20, 2018
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