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Pakistan must learn to cut military spending

Limited resources are needed to help stabilize the economy

| Pakistan
Pakistani troops march during a military parade to mark Pakistan Day in Islamabad on Mar. 23: The military remains unaffected by the financial crisis.   © AP

Salman Rafi Sheikh is a political scientist specializing in political history with a focus on ethno-nationalism, identity politics and post-colonialism. He is the author of "The Genesis of Baloch Nationalism Politics and Ethnicity in Pakistan, 1947-1977."

With Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves shrinking to a record-low $8.9 billion in early June, pushing Pakistan's economy to the edge of bankruptcy, a logical step would have been to cut nondevelopment expenditures.

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