Pakistan’s Armed Forces have a budget of £6.6 billion ($9.9 billion)—but that country takes more than £381 million in “foreign aid” from the British taxpayers each year, according to the U.K. government’s Department for International Development (DFID). Pakistan is in fact the single largest recipient of British “foreign aid” even though Pakistan has the fifth-largest nuclear arsenal in the world, larger than Britain’s.
This British “aid” includes cash handouts via ATM machines to Pakistani citizens—and to add insult to injury, Pakistanis make up the third largest group of “asylum seeker” applicants in Britain.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s “Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2016″ report, Pakistan’s armed forces have a budget of $9.9 billion (£6.6 billion), which makes it the 23rd largest military budget in the world.
Pakistan has recently commissioned its fourth nuclear power station, and has the fifth-largest nuclear arsenal in the world, larger than Britain’s.
A Pakistani-developed Shaheen IA missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Photographed during Pakistan’s Republic Day celebrations in Islamabad, March 2017.
The Pakistan air force has 76 F-16 fighter jets among its 961 aircraft.
Pakistan also has its own $6 billion space program which has three satellites in orbit. The country has a Gross Domestic Product of US$271 billion (the 41st largest in the world and second largest in South Asia).
Despite all this, Pakistan is the main beneficiary of the U.K.’s “foreign aid” budget, and according to the DFID website, British taxpayers fund a total of 28 projects in that country—including something called the “Benazir Income Support Programme” (BISP).
The BISP was the subject of an earlier exposé which showed that around 235,000 Pakistani families are given cash via prepaid debit cards—which allows them to draw cash each month from an ATM and spend it on whatever they want.
Pakistanis in Pakistan show off their bank cards with which they withdraw their “free” money from local ATMs every month.
Other projects funded by the British “foreign aid” include the “Punjab Education Support Programme II” which subsidizes six million children in schools in the Punjab Province.
The “Stability and Growth Programme” aims to “improve macro-economic stability and growth in Pakistan by providing the Government with financial aid and technical assistance in support of the International Monetary Fund Extended Financing Facility.”
The “Pakistan National Cash Transfers Programme” says that it will “reduce poverty and improve living standards and educational attainment in the poorest families by providing regular payments to the female head of household. 315,000 additional beneficiary families will benefit by 2020.”
The “Pakistan Economic Corridors Programme” says that it will provide “improved transport infrastructure in Pakistan along with enhanced private sector involvement in infrastructure financing, road safety interventions” in Pakistan, while the “Enterprise and Assets Growth Programme” gives cash to “Micro Small and Medium Enterprise access to appropriate financial services translating into higher economic benefits.”
Other programs include the “Provincial Health and Nutrition Programme,” a “Skills Development Programme,” a “Poverty and Growth Programme,” a “Supporting Nutrition in Pakistan (SNIP),” program, a “Stability and Growth Programme,” among many others.
According to the U.K.’s Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, Pakistanis are the third largest country of origin for “asylum seekers” seeking to enter the UK.