Thursday, 30 April 2015

Ethnic composition of Pakistan army ; percentage of Pashtuns in it

It is often claimed that Pashtuns are over-represented in Pakistan army, that they are around 40% of the army. Others say they are 21% or 25%. The fact of the matter is Pashtuns are neither over-represented in Pakistan army nor under-represented. In 2007 , ISPR (the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate, the official mouthpiece of the Army) released "information brief" in which they gave the information about ethnic composition of Pakistan army. According to it Pashtuns constituted 13.65% of the Army in 2001. The representation was increased and in 2007 they were 14.18 % of the army and they were planning to increase it up to 14.5% by 2011.

Full "Information Brief" of ISPR can be read here ;

Read also the DAWN news report about it>     Punjab’s dominance in army being reduced: ISPR

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