Fulfilling the Pakistan Vision of Quaid-i-Azam (The Quaid-i-Azam Lecture)

Akmal Hussain


In this lecture I will begin by suggesting that economic
equality is one of the founding principles of Pakistan in terms of the
explicitly stated view of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and also in
the Constitution of Pakistan. I will in section-II indicate the
analytical basis of growth policies followed by Pakistan’s policy-makers
in the decades after independence and the consequent inequality and mass
poverty that persist till today. In the next Section-III, I will discuss
recent research to lay the basis of an alternative perspective on
economic growth which can provide the framework for fulfilling the
Pakistan vision. In the final Section-IV, I will outline three main
features of a new inclusive development strategy. It will be argued that
if a prosperous future for Pakistan is to be achieved then a change in
the institutional structure is required whereby all of the people rather
than only a few have opportunities to fulfill their human potential.
Thus Pakistan can be placed on a new trajectory of sustained and
equitable growth.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v54i4I-IIpp.269-276


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