India, Pak urged to cut military spending

India, Pak urged to cut military spending

Media experts from across the border opine that India and Pakistan should cut their military expenditure and focus more on socio-economic development for the welfare of the two neighbouring nations.

“Increasing tensions between India and Pakistan, piling up of arms worth billions of dollars, help only arms merchants of the US and other countries... and is not in the interests of India and Pakistan," Karachi Press Club president Tahir Hasan Khan said on Saturday.

Khan, who is leading a 14-member Pakistani media delegation on a week-long visit to Mumbai and Pune, said he and his colleagues saw many homeless people sleeping on the pavements here.

"It is similar to the situation in Karachi and other (Pakistani) cities. The (two) governments must spend more on poverty alleviation and creating jobs rather than mindless spending on purchase of arms," he said.

Karamat Ali, executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, said the US has been "fooling" both Pakistan and India to benefit arms manufacturers.
"When India protests, the US offers F-18 planes to it. You can see how the US is benefiting by keeping both India and Pakistan at loggerheads," Ali said.

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