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May
07

Book shines light on Pakistan military’s ‘£10bn empire’

The Pakistani military’s private business empire could be worth as much as £10bn, according to a ground-breaking study. Retired and serving officers run secretive industrial conglomerates, manufacture everything from cement to cornflakes, and own 12m acres [4.8m hectares] of public land, says Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, author of “Military Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy”.The book tackles a previously taboo subject – the range and depth of the military’s business interests – considered a major factor in the ambitions of the generals who have ruled Pakistan for more than half of its 60-year history. “It feeds directly into the military’s political power; it’s an expression of their personal and organisation strength,” said Ms Siddiqa, a former director of research at the Pakistan navy.

Read the complete story at The Guardian Unlimited (UK) 

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2 Responses to “Book shines light on Pakistan military’s ‘£10bn empire’”


  1. October 14, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    our miltiry forces one of the best forces in the world
    now we want to keep awarience of this that how we can join join the these Forces..


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