SIPRI ranks Pakistan as the 11th largest arms and weapons importer in the world

Pakistan’s neighbour India was second on the list.

Pakistan has been ranked the eleventh largest arms importer in the world in a report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Pakistan’s neighbour India was second on the list.

The details revealed by the report showed that Pakistan’s main suppliers were Italy, Russia and China. Import numbers highlighted that the actual share of Pakistani imports in total global weapon imports had decreased.

China accounted for 73% of the total arms imports of Pakistan over 2015-2019, Russia made up 6.6% and Italy made up 6.1% of the total imports.

The report stated that Pakistan’s contribution in global arms imports had decreased by 39%. This decrease in Pakistan’s arms imports is linked to the US’ decision to stop providing military aid to the country.

Pakistan was among the top three buyers of arms from top weapons exporters like Turkey and Italy. Pakistan had a 7.5% share in arms imports from Italy from 2015 to 2019, and a 12% share in Turkish arms during the same period.

SIPRI also published a short analysis of the confrontation between India and Pakistan that happened during February of 2019. The research firm reported that Pakistan used combat aircraft from China that was equipped with Russian engines, in the fight.

“Between 2010–14 and 2015–19, arms imports by India and Pakistan decreased by 32 per cent and 39 per cent, respectively. While both countries have long-standing aims to produce their own major arms, they remain largely dependent on imports”, the firm reported.

“As in previous years, in 2019 India and Pakistan—which are nuclear-armed states—attacked each other using an array of imported major arms,” Siemon Wezeman, a senior researcher at SIPRI, said. “Many of the world’s largest arms exporters have supplied these two states for decades, often exporting arms to both sides,” it added.

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