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Pakistanis allowed to buy Indian shares

Published Aug 25, 2012 05:04am


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Pakistani and Indian flag — File Photo
Pakistani and Indian flag — File Photo

KARACHI: India has opened up its doors to Pakistani citizens and entities incorporated in this country to invest in shares and convertible debentures of an Indian company under the Foreign Direct Investment Scheme.

According to a circular released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday and a press release issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Friday, such investment would have to be made after prior approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board of the Government of India. It will also be subject to certain terms and conditions.

“The Indian company, receiving such FDI, must not be engaged in sectors/activities pertaining to defence, space and atomic energy and sectors/activities prohibited for foreign investment,” the RBI said.

The move comes quickly on the heels of the Aug 1 decision by the Indian commerce ministry that overturned a ban on foreign investment (in industrial ventures) from Pakistan, permitting a citizen or entity from Pakistan to make such investments in India.

The decision to accept the FDI from Pakistan was taken in April this year when the two trade ministers met in New Delhi and was thought to be in response to Pakistan’s decision to grant India the `Most Favoured Nation (MFN)` status by the end of the year.

Traders and investors on this side of the border were glad over the second step in ‘trade diplomacy’ in a single month as they believed it would help tackle troublesome issues such as Kashmir which has soured relations between the two countries, since their creation 65 years ago.

A senior stock broker, however, thought the Indian decision to be “symbolic”.

He did not expect an imminent rush of funds to equity markets on the other side of the border.

The Managing Director of Karachi Stock Exchange, Nadeem Naqvi, however, commented that the decision by RBI to allow investment in shares and debentures of Indian companies was a welcome step. He said that it was a natural evolution of the thawing of relations between the two neighbours where the potential for bilateral business and investment relationship was huge.

An industrialist said: “Now that India has permitted Pakistani nationals and corporates’ investment in industrial ventures and equity markets, everyone looks forward to the RBI to remove a Pakistan-specific regulation that bars Indian companies from investment in Pakistan.”


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Comments (14) Closed

Raghav Aug 25, 2012 11:25am
Sehr Sehrish Aug 25, 2012 08:13am
Chalo g ab Pakistan ki rhi sahi economy bhi gai....
Fatima Aug 25, 2012 08:22am
Red tape means?
sanhita1 Aug 25, 2012 09:21am
tough and rigid bureaucratic rules and regulations
sanp11sanp11 Aug 25, 2012 09:21am
Tough and rigid bureaucratic rules and regulations.
Rashid Sultan Aug 25, 2012 10:00am
Let the brokers worry about the process. If you have the money, invest.
dsfdsf Aug 25, 2012 11:20am
Read this :
Dr satpal Jabbal Aug 25, 2012 07:37am
Try to start purchasing, then you will see the Red Tape. This is not for common investors.
Binod Aug 25, 2012 10:28am
bureaucracy (babus and their rule book )
p r sharma Aug 25, 2012 08:20pm
Red tape means- hurdles.( approval from FIPB ( Foreign Investment Promotion Board ) will be required and not by any govt dept, . Permission shall be be easily given for stake within the permissible limit probably maximum at 26% equities. permission is for direct investment through a Pakistani company only and not for individual investors. i do not know if the Indian companies are permitted by Pakistan to invest in their companies. Pakistan can expect a sizable amount of investment from Indian side if allowed, Once Pakistan extends MFN status to India ( India has already given this status to Pakistan long back) There can be trade directly between the countries . Now the Indian goods are imported in Pakistan through Gulf countries which increases their cost at Pakistan.
Mehraj Aug 26, 2012 10:29am
India gave that to Pakistan in 1996.
yuvraj vats Aug 26, 2012 07:49am
hehehe.. superb
Fatima Aug 25, 2012 08:21am
good Luck to both Countries For Better future
kamran Aug 26, 2012 09:30am
Mr sharma in the 5th Para it states The decision to accept the FDI from Pakistan was taken in April this year when the two trade ministers met in New Delhi and was thought to be in response to Pakistan