ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Assessing Pakistan s Military Expansion since 1971

Has Pakistan's military expansion since 1971 reduced the military gap between India and Pakistan? RECENTLY the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) was quoted by a national press agency as saying that since 1971 Pakistan's navy has increased by a factor of three, army by a factor of two, and air force by a factor of 1.5. Later, in an article in the Times of India, the air force figure was enhanced to 2.5, and a mention was made of 5,00,000 Pakistan Army reservists. There are three incorrect, misleading, or unsatisfactory aspects of the study and the modifications. These are; (a) The base chosen is without merit for comparative purposes.

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