Pakistan Armed Forces
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
General Khalid Shameem Wynne
Secretary of Defence
Chief of Army Staff
Chief of Air Staff
Chief of Navy Staff
General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafik Butt
Muhammad Asif Sandila
Military age 16–49 years old
military service 48,453,305 males, age 16–49 (2010 est.),
44,898,096 females, age 16–49 (2010 est.)
military service 37,945,440 males, age 16–49 (2010 est.),
37,381,549 females, age 16–49 (2010 est.)
Budget $6.41 billion (2010–11) (ranked 35th)
Percent of GDP 2.6% (2008)
Foreign suppliers China
Pakistan Armed Forces
The Pakistan Armed Forces, Musalah Afwaj-e-Pakistan) are the military forces of Pakistan. They are the seventh largest in the world in terms of active troops. The armed forces comprise three main branches:
the Pakistan Army, the Pakistan Navy (including the Pakistan Marines) and the Pakistan Air Force, together with a number of paramilitary forces.
Following 1962, Pakistan Armed Forces has had close military relations with the People's Republic of China, including development and research cooperation to enhance military system, such as on the JF-17 Thunder, K-8 Karakorum, and others as well. China is the leading supplier of military equipments to Pakistan.
The armed forces were formed in 1947 when Pakistan became independent from the British Empire.
Pakistan Armed Forces are the largest contributors to United Nations peacekeeping efforts, with more than 10,000 personnel deployed in 2007. Other foreign deployments have consisted of Pakistani military personnel as advisers in African and Arab countries.
Before 1947, most military officers of the newly formed Pakistan Armed Forces had served in the British Indian Army and fought in both World Wars and the numerous Anglo-Afghan Wars. Several experienced commanders who fought in the British military in World War II joined Pakistan Armed Forces giving it professionalism, experience and leadership. After independence, the military was supposed to have been divided between India and Pakistan with a ratio of 64% going to India and 36% for Pakistan; however, it is estimated that India refused to divide its share of equipment and some analyst suggest that Pakistan inherited a mere 15% of its allocated share.
The Pakistan Armed Forces have also taken over the Pakistani government several times since independence mainly on the pretext of lack of good civilian leadership, whom most Pakistanis regard as corrupt and inefficient. However, according to the political parties removed from power by the army, political instability, lawlessness and corruption are direct consequences of army rule.
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