Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) fell to 16.7% in Pakistan in 2017

Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) (%)
Military & Defense | Pakistan | February 1, 2019
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Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 16.7 % in 2017 in Pakistan, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 7.64 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Pakistan reached an all time high of 37.1 % in 1991 and an all time low of 15.8 % in 2008. When compared to Pakistan's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Afghanistan amounted to 3.58 %, 6.10 % in China, 9.07 % in India and 15.8 % in Iran in 2017.

Pakistan has been ranked 7th within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 2 places above the position seen 10 years ago.

Military expenditure is derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditure on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, defence ministries and other government agencies engaged in defence projects, paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations, and military space activities.

Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Afghanistan % 8.30% 4.70% 4.31% 5.11% 3.83%
Bangladesh % 10.5% 9.95% 9.13% 9.73% 10.5%
China % 6.79% 6.55% 6.54% 6.58% 6.09%
India % 9.59% 9.27% 9.30% 9.47% 8.76%
Iran % 13.0% 19.3% 15.6% 14.8% 15.4%
Iraq % 5.31% 4.43% 6.91% 6.78% 12.6%
Japan % 2.54% 2.50% 2.45% 2.54% 2.62%
Pakistan % 17.0% 16.1% 15.9% 17.3% 18.0%
Russia % 14.7% 15.2% 15.7% 15.5% 15.9% ... ...
Sri Lanka % 13.5% 12.1% 12.5% 13.5% 12.5%
Tajikistan % 4.05% 4.07% ... 3.97% 3.83% ... ...
Turkmenistan % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
USA % 11.8% 11.4% 10.6% 9.85% 9.35%