Some Notes on "Planning Experience in Pakistan"

Azizur Rahman Khan


Planning for the national economy is an infinitely complicated
process. It involves the harmonization of a large number of independent
decisions taken by a great many agencies and groups often representing
conflicting interests in order to achieve certain targets which are
sometimes themselves in conflict with one another. Only by continuous
appraisal and critical analysis of the major strategies can it be
ensured that the main objectives are kept in mind while mak¬ing
individual decisions, and that individual policies do not conflict with
one another. It is, therefore, important to make detailed assessment of
the past experience to gain a general sense of the combination of
circumstances which, in the past, did or did not prove favourable to
growth. In his conference address [9], Dr. Huda makes an effort to
survey Pakis¬tan's planning strategy in the past and to reflect on the
appropriate policies for future. Admittedly, his purpose is to provoke
the economists "to think, deli¬berate and advise". Painting on such a
big canvas, Dr. Huda has necessarily adopted an impressionistic
technique. What we intend to do in these notes is to try to paint in
somewhat greater details a few of those parts of Dr. Huda's canvas which
have been left by him with relatively few brush strokes.

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