ISLAMABAD – The federal government on Friday announced an extra 10 % Zarb-e-Azb allowance for armed personnel in Budget 2017-18.

The government has also increased defence spending for the next financial year 2017-18 by Rs 60 billion to Rs 920 billion.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar presented the fifth budget of the incumbent government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with an estimated outlay of Rs 4.8 trillion on Friday.

The minister also lauded the success of Zarb e Azb.

Ishaq Dar had announced 10 percent increase in the salaries of federal government employees and pensioners in budget 2016-17.

He had said that 10pc ad-hoc relief allowance on running basic pay will be allowed to all the federal government employees with effect from July 1, 2016.

Similarly, he had announced 10 percent increase in net pension to all pensioners of the federal government with effect from July 1. A 25pc raise in net pension to all pensioners of federal government above the age of 85 years will also be in effect from July 1.