Political instability damaged economic growth more as compared to terrorism: Dr Isharat

ISLAMABAD: State Bank of Pakistan’s former governor Dr Ishrat Husain said that political instability in Pakistan has damaged the economic growth more than what caused by terrorism.

Addressing launching of his book ‘Governing the Ungovernable’ here at Serena Hotels on Tuesday, he said that the democratic process should be continued without any disturbance in order to pave way for economic growth.

He said though incidents of terrorism were on peak during 2001 to 2008 nevertheless economic growth during the same period was remarkable. The economic growth has always been disturbed by political instability in the country.

A book launch and panel discussion were held at Serena Hotels around Dr Ishrat Husain’s latest book, ‘Governing the Ungovernable: Institutional reforms for Democratic Governance’. The chief guest at the occasion was Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz while the eminent panel consisted of eminent cardiologist Dr Sania Nishtar as moderator, World Bank Country Director Illango Patchamuthu, Macroeconomic Insights Sakib Sherani and Dr Husain.

Dr Husain’s book examines the reasons why Pakistan was a top performing developing country for the first forty years of its existence and in the subsequent thirty years became a laggard. Pakistan, since its independence in 1947, had to face tumultuous years for the first four decades. Despite the many challenges, both internal and external, the country was able to register a 6 per cent average annual growth rate during the first forty years of its existence. The country was ahead of India and Bangladesh in all economic and social indicators. Since 1990, the country has fallen behind its neighbouring countries and has had a decline in the growth rate.

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