We should feel proud of our armed forces who are securing our borders and fighting with terrorists all over the country. I realized this when I saw the situation of Afghanistan on media that how their army failed to resist against Afghan Taliban.
We are living in a safe and peaceful environment just because of our armed forces. They are safeguarding our borders day and night under challenging circumstances of harsh weather and staying away from home for months. Ultimately, they sacrifice their lives for our better future.
Our brave soldiers of Armed Forces, apart from defending the country’s borders, always remained in the forefront of national development. Whether floods, earth-quakes and other natural calamites, maintaining law and order or the UN peace efforts, the performance of our armed forces always earned national and international acclaim.
According to the recent 2021 report of Global Fire power (GFP) which is an annually updated statistics based website tracking defense related information of 140 countries, “Pakistan Army has been ranked the 10th most powerful in the world out of 140 countries”.
In the annual GFP review of 2021, Pakistan Armed Forces scored 0.2083 with 0.000 being the perfect score in the list. With a huge jump of five places leaving behind Israel, Canada, Iran and Indonesia in the process, Pakistan is the only country in the top 15 which improved its ranking.
Whereas Pakistan is on top position regarding Showcasing the national military powers based on growth in strength trend for 2021, There are a total of 44 countries included in the Powers on the Rise (2021) annual defense review of GFP.
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The chain of command of the Pakistan Armed Forces is organized under the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) alongside the respective Chiefs of staffs of the Army, Navy and Air Force. All branches are systemically coordinated during joint operations and missions under the Joint Staff Headquarters (JSHQ).
Here I will discuss Pakistan Army, which is also busy in Nation Building by performing their work in Infrastructure Development, Industrial Development , Miscellaneous National tasks and Rehabilitation .
When we talk about Infrastructure Development Pakistan Army is contributing in Infrastructure Development of Country through National Logistics cell (NLC), Frontier Work Organization(FWO), Fauji Foundation, Army Welfare Trust, Special Communication Organization, Defence Production, Services in Azad Kashmir/Northern Areas and Alternative Source of Energy.
However according to the data available on Pakistan Army Official Website, NLC Established in 1977 and mainly managed by serving Army officers, NLC employs over 6500 civilians / ex servicemen, With a transport fleet comprising 2000 heavy duty vehicles it is capable of combating logistics crises especially handling / transportation of dry and liquid cargo in the country. Besides it has shown visible progress on some of the very important national projects which include port handling, construction works and special projects.
Moreover, Frontier Work Organization(FWO) also includes in Pakistan Army Infrastructure Development list , according to the data available on Pakistan Army Official Website ,It undertakes large projects of road communication, bridges dams, canals and earthworks. In past thirty years it has constructed 3797 kilometers of roads including Kara Koram Highway, Gilgit-Skardu Link, besides preparing 8 completely new and up-gradating 11 airfields. Further it has undertaken extensive works on irrigation structures which include Khairpur Dam, Sadiqa Feeder and Abbasia Feeder. Some of the other projects are Left Bank outfall Drain, Khanpur Dam, Islam Head Works, SCARP VI Drains, structures and Quresh Ditch. While in Power and Energy Sector they constructed Jamshoro Thermal Power Station, Muzaffargarh Thermal Power Station and Mangla Hydel Power Unit 9 and 10.
However, When we talk about Fauji Foundation, according to the details available on Pakistan Army Website, This organization has contributed significantly to the national cause in the fields of industry, social development, employment opportunities and enhancing the national exchequer by paying considerable taxes. Rs. 6886.92 millions have been paid by Fauji Foundation / sponsored Pub Ltd Companies in the last ten years. Presently 15 factories, 12 hospitals, 24-Day Health Centers, 46 Mobile and 21 static dispensaries are functioning under this organization. In the education sector, it has 2 colleges, 64 Model Schools, 2 Computer Institutes, 66 Vocational Training Centers and 9 Technical Training Centers.
Similarly Army Welfare trust is a financial and industrial group it seeks to provide stability and progress to the armed forces and the nation. At present there are 5 factories / mills, while in the Banking and Services Sector there are 4 companies functioning under Army Welfare Trust. According to the details available on Pak Army website, it has also undertaken joint venture in the field of Lubricant Blending with Mobil Corporation USA at Hub.
Whereas Special Communication Organization (SCO) a public sector organization working under Ministry of IT & Telecom, Government of Pakistan. SCO was established in 1976 to develop, operate and maintain all telecom services in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.