Mahbub ul Haq

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Mahbub ul Haq
محبوب الحق
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14th Minister of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs
In office
(Caretaker)
9 June 1988 – 1 December 1988
PresidentGhulam Ishaq Khan
Preceded byYasin Wattoo
Succeeded byEhsan-ul-Haq Piracha
In office
10 April 1985 – 28 January 1988
PresidentZia ul Haq
Prime MinisterMuhammad Khan Junejo
Preceded byGhulam Ishaq Khan
Succeeded byYasin Wattoo
Personal details
Born(1934-02-24)24 February 1934
Gurdaspur, East Punjab, British India
Died16 July 1998(1998-07-16) (aged 64)
New York City, New York, U.S.
NationalityPakistani
Spouse(s)Khadija Haq
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Punjab (B.S.)
King's College, Cambridge (B.A.)
Yale University (Ph.D.)
ProfessionEconomist

Mahbub ul Haq (Urdu: محبوب الحق‎; 24 February 1934 – 16 July 1998) was a Pakistani economist, politician and international development theorist who served as Finance Minister of Pakistan from 10 April 1985 until 28 January 1986, and again from June to December of 1988.[1]

After graduating in economics from Government College Lahore, he won a scholarship to Cambridge University obtaining a second degree. Subsequently, he received his PhD from Yale University and conducted postdoctoral research at the Harvard Kennedy School. He returned to Pakistan to serve as the Chief Economist of the Planning Commission throughout the 1960s. In 1970 after the fall of Field Marshal Ayub Khan he moved to Washington, DC to serve at the World Bank Director of Policy Planning until 1982, where he played a major role in reorienting its approach to assisting development in low income countries.[2][3]

He returned to Pakistan in 1982 and in 1985 became the country's Finance Minister, overseeing a period of economic liberalisation. In 1989 he moved back to U.S. where he served as the Special Adviser to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator William Henry Draper. At the UNDP, Haq led the establishment of the Human Development Report and the widely respected HDI, which measures development by well-being, rather than by income alone. He returned to Pakistan in 1996 to establish the Human Development Center in Islamabad.[4]

Haq is considered to have had a profound effect on global development. Haq's 1995 book Reflections on Human Development is said to have opened new avenues to policy proposals for human development paradigms, such as the 2000 Global Compact.[5] Amartya Sen and Tam Dalyell termed Haq's work to have "brought about a major change in the understanding and statistical accounting of the process of development."[6] The Economist called him "one of the visionaries of international development."[7] He was widely regarded as "the most articulate and persuasive spokesman for the developing world".[8][9]

Early life and Education[edit]

Mahbub ul Haq was born in Gurdaspur[10] in pre-independence Punjab province, now in the Republic of India, on 24 February 1934.[11] He belonged to an "Urdu-speaking family." His teenage years saw religious violence and forced migration associated with the independence of Pakistan and India in August 1947.[11] He and his family narrowly escaped from being killed in one of the refugee trains heading to Pakistan. The nature of the religious violence left a lasting impression on Mahbub ul Haq.[11] After reaching Lahore, Haq was given government-sponsored housing and decided to continue his education.

In 1953 Haq graduated with a degree in economics from Government College Lahore.[11] He earned a scholarship to attend Cambridge University where he earned another BA in the same discipline.[11] At Cambridge, Haq gained his BA alongside Amartya Sen, with whom he formed a close, lifelong friendship.[11] After renewing his scholarship, Haq went to United States for his doctoral studies at Yale University and earned a PhD in Economics. Later, Haq carried out post-doctoral work at Harvard University in 1960-61.[11]

Career[edit]

an early proponent of economic liberalization who in later years argued that poor countries failed to prosper because they neglected the basic development of their people

Upon returning to Pakistan in 1957 at the age of 23, Haq joined the Planning Commission as Assistant Chief while it prepared its first Five-Year Plan.[13] Influenced by the dominant economic thought in American academia, Haq advocated capitalism as the economic base of the national economy and helped guide the government to apply free-market principles to boost the economy. This approach was wholeheartedly embraced by the military government of General Ayub Khan after it came to power in October 1958. By the 1960s as Chief Economist of the Planning Commission Haq was delivering speeches all over the country in support these economic policies.

While the international community was applauding Pakistan as a model of development, Haq developed concerns that all was not well with the distribution of the benefits of growth. Rapid economic development made Haq's team doubt the long-term viability of such a pattern of growth, and he increasingly supported heavier taxation of the asset owning classes. In a widely reported speech to the Applied Economics Research Centre at the University of Karachi in April 1968, Haq alleged that "22 industrial family groups had come to dominate the economic and financial life-cycle of Pakistan and that they controlled about two-thirds of industrial assets, 80% of banking and 79% of insurance assets in the industrial domain."[14] The list included Dawood family of Dawood Group, Saigols of Saigol Group, Adamjees of Adamjee Group, Colony, Fancy, Valika, Jalil, Bawany, Crescent, Wazir Ali, Gandhara, Ispahani, House of Habib, Khyber, Nishat Group, Beco, Gul Ahmed Group, Arag, Hafiz, Karim, Milwala and Dada.[15][14]

These revelations played a major role in mobilising millions in a massive grassroots protest movement that led to Field Marshal Ayub Khan's overthrow in March 1969. Following Ayub's fall, Haq accepted an invitation from Robert McNamara, president of the World Bank to serve as his Director of Policy Planning. During his tenure (1970-82), Haq influenced the Bank's development philosophy and lending policies, steering more attention towards poverty alleviation programmes and increased allocations for small farm production, nutrition, education, water supply and other social sectors. He wrote a study[16] that served as a precursor to the basic needs and human development approaches of the 1980s.

While working at the World Bank, Haq was invited by Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to join the Ministry of Finance, but ultimately refused as he had strong opposing views on Bhutto's program of nationalization.[17] In 1973 Bhutto again asked Mahbub to return to Pakistan and join his administration in devising a strategy that would lift a large number of Pakistanis out of poverty and stagflation, but their major differences persuaded Haq not to return.[17]

In 1982 Haq returned at the request of General Zia-ul-Haq's military government, where he assumed directorship of the Planning Commission. In 1983 Haq was appointed Minister of Planning and Development. According to Parvez Hasan 'under Mahbub's direction, the Planning Commission became once again a lively place and began to exert powerful influence on social sector issues, including education and family planning, much neglected in earlier Zia years.

In 1985 President Zia oversaw a partial return to democracy with so-called 'non-party' general elections, and Haq was sworn in as Minister Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs in the PML government of Mohammed Khan Junejo. Haq's is credited with significant tax reforms, deregulation of the economy, increased emphasis on human development and several initiatives for poverty alleviation.[18] Despite this major acceleration in social spending Haq was forced to resign in January 1986 due to protests at his reforms. He was reappointed as Finance Minister in the caretaker administration established by Gen. Zia-ul-Haq after he dismissed the Junejo government in May 1988. Haq's term ended when the PPP government of Benazir Bhutto was sworn in following the general elections of November 1988.

In 1989, he was appointed as Special Advisor to the UNDP Administrator William Draper in New York City to produce the first Human Development Report.[19] In this capacity, Haq initiated the concept of Human Development and the Human Development Report as its Project Director. He led a team of international scholars including Amartya Sen, Paul Streeten, Inge Kaul, Frances Stewart, and Richard Jolly to prepare annual Human Development Reports.

In 1996, Haq founded the Human Development Center in Islamabad, Pakistan — a policy research institute committed to organizing professional research, policy studies and seminars in the area of human development, with a special focus on South Asia. In acknowledgement of his contributions, the Human Development Centre, Islamabad was officially renamed following his death as the Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre on 13 December 1998, with Mrs. Khadija Haq as president.

Death[edit]

Haq died on 16 July 1998 in New York City at the age of 64, leaving behind his wife Khadija Haq, son Farhan and daughter Toneema.[citation needed]

Reactions to his death included:

  • 'Mahbub ul Haq's untimely death is a loss to the world ...', Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General.
  • '... probably more than anyone else, (Mahbub) provided the intellectual impetus for the Bank's commitment to poverty reduction in the early 1970s. [...] His unique contributions were trend setters for the world and focused attention on the South Asian social realities, urging all of us to look at the dark corners of our social milieus'. James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank.

Posthumous Recognition[edit]

In honour of Haq, UNDP established the Mahbub ul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development, which is presented to a leading national, regional or world figure who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to furthering human development understanding and progress.[20] The Mahbub ul Haq Award alternates between recognizing political leaders and civil society leaders. Recipients of this Award include:[21]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Strategy of Economic Planning (1963)
  • The Poverty Curtain: Choices for the Third World (1976). Columbia University Press. 247 pages. ISBN 0-231-04062-8
  • The Myth of the Friendly Markets (1992)
  • Reflections on Human Development (1996) Oxford University Press. 1st edition (1996): 288 pages, ISBN 0-19-510193-6. 2nd edition (1999): 324 pages, ISBN 0-19-564598-7
  • The U.N. and the Bretton Woods Institutions: New Challenges For The Twenty-First Century / Edited By Mahbub Ul Haq ... [Et Al.] (1995)
  • The Vision and the Reality (1995)
  • The Third World and the international economic order (1976)
  • New Imperatives of Human Security (1995)
  • A New Framework for Development Cooperation (1995)
  • Humanizing Global Institutions (1998)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mahbub ul Haq". The Economist. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Inaugural Mahbub ul Haq-Amartya Sen Lecture, UNIGE | Human Development Reports". hdr.undp.org. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Amartya Sen - Biographical". www.nobelprize.org. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Honouring Mahbubul Haq - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  5. ^ Mahbub ul Haq (1996) Reflections on Human Development. Oxford University Press. 288 pages. ISBN 0-19-510193-6
  6. ^ "Obituary: Mahbub ul Haq". The Independent. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Mahbub ul Haq". The Economist. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Dr. Mahbub ul-Haq". www.scu.edu. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  9. ^ Baru, Sanjaya (1 January 1998). "Mahbub ul Haq and Human Development: A Tribute". Economic and Political Weekly. 33 (35): 2275–2279. JSTOR 4407121.
  10. ^ Baru, Sanjaya (1988) Mahbub ul Haq and Human Development: A Tribute, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 33, No. 35 (Aug. 29 - Sep. 4), pp. 2275-2279 (5 pages)
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Sen, Amartya; Tam Dalyell (3 August 1998). "Obituary: Mahbub ul Haq". Amartya Sen, Tam Dalyell. The Independent. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  12. ^ BARBARA CROSSETTE. "Mahbub ul Haq, 64, Analyst And Critic of Global Poverty". The New York Times. July 17, 1998.
  13. ^ Crossette, Barbara (17 July 1998). "Mahbub ul Haq, 64, Analyst And Critic of Global Poverty". The New York Times. The New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  14. ^ a b "System is to blame for the 22 wealthy families". Human Development Center, Originally published on London Times. Human Development Center. 22 March 1973. p. 1. Archived from the original on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  15. ^ The 22 Families
  16. ^ Mahbub ul Haq (1976) The Poverty Curtain: Choices for the Third World. Columbia University Press. 247 pages. ISBN 0-231-04062-8
  17. ^ a b Ponzio, Richard; Khadija Haq (2008). Pioneering the human development revolution: an intellectual biography of Mahbub Ul Haq. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2008. pp. 256–260. ISBN 9780195695137. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  18. ^ A Tribute to Dr Haq Archived 24 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine at Human Development Centre website
  19. ^ UNDP (1990) Human Development Report 1990: Concept and Measurement of Human Development. Oxford University press. ISBN 0-19-506480-1
  20. ^ "Human Development Awards | Human Development Reports". hdr.undp.org. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  21. ^ The Human Development Awards Archived 18 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine

Web site of Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre. Islamabad: A Tribute to Mahbub ul Haq

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Finance Minister of Pakistan
1985–1986
Succeeded by
Mian Yasin Khan Wattoo
Preceded by
Mian Yasin Khan Wattoo
Finance Minister of Pakistan (caretaker)
1988
Succeeded by
Benazir Bhutto