Comments on Professor Huda's Conference Address: "Planning Experience in Pakistan"

Mohammad Anisur Rahman


It is a privilege to have been invited to comment on Professor
Huda's Conference Address. It is worth noting that five out of the eight
gentle¬men whose comments appear in this symposium have been students of
Pro¬fessor Huda himself, no small achievement by one of the most
successful teachers of his generation in this country. Ironically
enough, the institution where Professor Huda has spent his whole
teaching career (and hopefully will return to) does not have any of
these presumably distinguished economists in its current roll; nor, for
that matter, are any of them, save a solitary exception, currently
serving any university in the country. But let us get down to business.
1.2 In his characteristically lucid exposition of experience and
prob¬lems in planning, Professor Huda has touched upon issues in a range
too wide for a commentator to do justice to within the constraints of
space allotted to him. I shall confine my comments to two of the issues
only, viz., repayment of external debt, and the strategy of generating
higher income in the {private) capitalist sector. Other issues will be
discussed, I hope, by other more competent colleagues in the

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