Pakistan is the 9th Largest Importer of Arms
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published a report on Monday listing the countries of the world that import the most arms and ammunition. Pakistan ranks at 9th but because of domestic economic state and the financial crisis, there has been a 36% decrease in the country’s arms import in the past five years. During 2008 till 2012, Pakistan was responsible for 4.9% of the global arms import but during 2013-2017 we purchased only 2.8% of the weapons sold in the world.
Our biggest importers are China, who export around 70% of weapons that we get. Then comes USA which is responsible for 12% of the weapons we import and then Russia which has recently taken a 5.7% stake in our arms import.
India ranked number one on SIPRI’s list, accounting for about 12% of the world’s import of weapons, then China ranked at fifth with their sales increasing by about 38% in recent years. United States ranked at 14th as the world’s importer of weapons. Jan Eliasson who is the Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board said this about the increase in the global import and export of weapons: “The increased flow of arms raises concerns over their impact on international peace and security. It stresses the need to improve and implement international mechanisms such as the Arms Trade Treaty.”