Pakistan to give citizenship to Afghan, Chinese and American Sikh investors

Hard to know how successful this citizenship-by-investment scheme will be in comparison to those of other questions as the Pakistani passport has limited visa-free travel privileges (number 88 on the passport index). One also has to ask questions regarding the risks of criminal or corrupt backgrounds of those who will apply:

The Pakistan government has decided to offer permanent residency to foreign investors, especially to fetch heavy investments from wealthy Afghans, Chinese and American Sikhs, Dawn reported.

In a tweet late on Friday night, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: “In line with new National Security Policy, through which Pakistan declared geo-economics as the core of its national security doctrine, the government has decided to allow permanent residency scheme for foreign nationals. The new policy allows foreigners to get permanent resident status in lieu of investment.”

The government believes it will fetch billions of dollars in foreign investment by giving Pakistani nationality and proprietary rights to the foreign investors, the Dawn news report said.

An informed source said that the government wanted to attract heavy investments from the wealthy Afghan nationals who were presently investing in countries such as Iran, Turkey and Malaysia.

They said the government also hoped that US-based Sikh nationals would be happy to make investment in different sectors in Pakistan due to their attachment with Sikh religious sites in the country, the report added

Also, Prime Minister Imran Khan in his recent statements hinted that he wanted to attract top Chi­n­ese investors who relocated their industries to other countries in the region, according to Indo-Asian News Service.

The government also hoped that rich Arab nationals, who used to visit Pakistan every year for hunting purposes, would like to have Pakistani citizenship.

Source: Pakistan to give citizenship to Afghan, Chinese and American Sikh investors

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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