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Planning Commission (Pakistan)

Planning Commission of Pakistan
Agency overview
Formed July 8, 1952 (1952-07-08)
Jurisdiction Government of Pakistan
Headquarters Islamabad, Pakistan
Annual budget See (2014 Federal Budget)
Agency executives Nawaz Sharif, Prime minister, Chairman
Ahsan Iqbal, Deputy Chairman

The Planning Commission (denoted as PC), is a financial and public policy development institution of the Government of Pakistan. The Commission comes under Ministry of Planning and Development. The Planning Commission undertakes research studies and state policy development initiatives for the growth of national economy and the expansion of the public and state infrastructure of the country in tandem with the Ministry of Finance (MoF).

Since 1952, the commission have had a major influence and role in formulating the highly centralized and planned five-year plans for the national economy, for most of the 20th century in Pakistan. Although the five-year plans were replaced by Medium Term Development Framework, the commission still played an influential and central role in the development of the programme. Furthermore, the Public Sector Development Programmes (PSDP) also placed under the domain of the planning commission. The commission's authoritative figures includes a Chairman who is the Prime Minister, assisted by the deputy chairman, and a science advisor.

Other officials of the commissions includes Secretary of Planning and Development Division; chief economist; Director of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics; Executive Director of Policy Implementation and Monitoring (PIM); and members for Social Sectors, Science and Technology, Energy, Infrastructure, and Food and Agriculture.[1]

As of 2013, the Chairman is Prime Minister of Pakistan and the current Deputy Chairman is Ahsan Iqbal who is also the Federal Minister for Planning and Development.[2]


  • History 1
  • List of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission 2
  • Vision 2025 3
    • Priority Areas 3.1
  • Pakistan Institute of Development Economics 4
  • Pakistan Planning and Management Institute 5
  • Federal Drought Emergency Relief Assistance (DERA) Unit 6
  • National Fertilizer Development Centre 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


In spite of the grave economic and financial problems which beset the Government of Pakistan soon after her independence, Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan established an independent institution, a Development Board (DB), in the Ministry of Economics Affairs (MoEA) in 1948. The institute was visioned to deal with questions of rapid economic and financial development of the country. In 1950, Prime Minister Ali Khan drafted a six-year development plan and embodied in the Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic Development in South and South East Asia. This was essentially an outline plan and delineated only a broad pattern of development.

Finally, in 1953, Prime minister Khawaja Nazimuddin decided to give commission to an institution that was set up on 18 July 1953. Ultimately, Zahid Hussain, former Governor of State Bank of Pakistan was appointed its first deputy chairman and two other members.[3]

List of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission

This is the list of the former deputy chairmen of the planning commission of Pakistan.[4]

  1. Zahid Hussain, 1953 TO 1958
  2. G. Ahmed, 1958 TO 1959
  3. Mumtaz Hassan Khan, 1959 TO 1961
  4. Saeed Hassan, 1962 TO 1966
  5. M. M. Ahmad, 1967 TO 1969
  6. M. H. Soofi, 1969 TO 1970
  7. Mahboob Ullah Rashid, 1970 TO 1971
  8. Qamar ul Islam, 1971 TO 1973
  9. Prof. Khurshid Ahmad, 30-08-1978 TO 21-04-1979
  10. Mahbub ul Haq, 07-03-1982 TO 13-04-1983
  11. V. A. Jafary, 22-09-1985 TO 10-07-1986
  12. A G N Kazi, 10-07-1986 TO 23-08-1993
  13. Saeed Ahmed Qureshi, 24-08-1993 TO 30-06-1994
  14. Qazi M. Alimullah, 01-07-1994 TO 05-11-1996
  15. Dr. Hafiz Pasha, 12-11-1996 TO 12-08-1998
  16. Ahsan Iqbal, 13-08-1998 TO 12-10-1999
  17. Dr. Shahid Amjad, 27-07-2000 TO 08-08-2003
  18. Engr. Dr. M. Akram Sheikh, 15-03-2004 TO 07-05-2008
  19. M. Salman Faruqui, 09-05-2008 TO 28-11-2008
  20. Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali, 29-11-2008 TO 13-01-2010
  21. Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, 15-01-2010 TO 31-04-2010
  22. Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque 01-05-2010 To 07-06-2013
  23. Ahsan Iqbal, 08-06-2013 TO date.

Vision 2025

The Vision 2025 is the country’s long–term development blueprint which aims to create a globally competitive and prosperous country providing a high quality of life for all its citizens.[5][6][7]

Priority Areas

  • Integrated Energy[8]
  • Modernization of Infrastructure
  • Institutionalreform and modernization of the public sector
  • Value-addition in Commodity Producing Sectors
  • Export promotion
  • Water and food security
  • Private sector-led growth and entrepreneurship

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

The Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, is a post-graduate research institute, and a public policy think tank located in the vicinity of Islamabad, Pakistan.[9]

Pakistan Planning and Management Institute

The Pakistan Planning and Management Institute (PPMI) is the one of the division of Planning Commission. The main objectives of PPMI are to improve technical and analytical skills and enhance expertise of the federal, provincial and district governments’ officers through training in areas of Project Management, Social development and application of Information Technology in Project management.[10]

Federal Drought Emergency Relief Assistance (DERA) Unit

The function of DERA Unit is to facilitate the implementation of the project in the drought-hit areas of all the four provinces and coordinate activities carried out in the provinces to mitigate the effects of drought.[11]

National Fertilizer Development Centre

The National Fertilizer Development Centre (NFDC) was set up by the Government in 1977. After a brief period of aid from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation up to 1981, and from the Netherlands up to 1997.[12][13]

See also


  1. ^ Functions of Planning Commission
  2. ^ Composition of Planning Commission
  3. ^ History of Planning Commission
  4. ^ List of deputy chairmen of Planning Commission
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External links

  • Official Website
  • National Fertilizer Development Centre
  • Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
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