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Pak bought weapons worth $3.8 bn in 2003
Pakistan bought weapons worth $3.8 billion in 2003 as compared to India's $12.6 billion during the same year, a US government report has said.

Quoting Congressional Research Service's (CRS) annual report "Conventional arms transfers to developing nations", the Daily Times reported on Thursday that UAE was the leading arms buyer with purchases of $15.7 billion, followed closely by China with $13.7 billion.

According to the report, Egypt came in third with $13.6 billion and India fourth.

Prepared by national defence specialist Richard Grimmett, the unclassified study is considered to be the most authoritative compilation of statistics on global conventional arms sales. It said that global arms sales fell approximately by 12 per cent in 2003 from $29.14 billion in 2002. This is the third consecutive year that the total arms sales have fallen, the report added.

"The developing world continues to be the primary focus of foreign arms sales activity by conventional weapons suppliers," it said adding that the general trend among developed nations in recent years is to protect important elements of their national military industrial bases by limiting arms purchases from other developed nations.



Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 12:18 PM

 

 
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