‘Total Pakistani defence budget is close to$45 billion to retain an army of 600,000. The Defence Ministry only show only $10-12 billion As direct expenses. Rest like salaries, caper, pension, fuel etc. are hidden in other departments.
Pakistan's total annual expenditure doesn't exceed $65 billions and somewhere 86% to 92% of it goes for debt servicing. So no, Pak defense budget never reached $10 billions, current de facto one is below $7 billions, in any kind of direct or indirect form.
‘If a 600,000 army in modern weapons is to be retained permanently then that is the minimum expenditure needed.
Pak doesn't have a modern military beyond social media reels. It's existing equipment, especially in Air Force what Pak loves to boast about, is behind the requirement IAF used to put in 1980s.
You need $20 billions to keep a sizable military like Pak, first class. $45 billions you brought is a number from nowhere.
BUT you must give it to the paki mil establishment. At least they dream of keeping parity with a bigger military in their neighborhood and always keep trying to close the gap even when India keeps growing beyond their sight.
Screwing up your system for an unrealistic obsession and sending country's future to dustbin is not a commendable thing, it's just desperate juvenile behavior. Acting cool is easier and turns you broke later. India indeed holds great tolerance and discretion in foreign policy rather than trying to be cool which has earned it sufficient room to expand itself.
Pakistan economy size is hardly 400 billion. @Indx TechStyle
$320 billions as per current method (rebased GDP). $240 billions actual, without re-basing (it is 1/16th of Indian economy if measures with same base as India).
Bangladesh meanwhile publishes estimates in advance and later takes them as base to estimate further economic growth.
Both these countries are clear case of fudging of GDP data and stand well below a per capita income of $1400.