‘India willing to invest at least $20b in Pakistan’

Published: May 2, 2012

The Indian private sector has also shown eagerness to export electricity to Pakistan and can lay electricity lines within months for the purpose.

LAHORE: Indian investors have shown willingness to invest $20 billion to 50 billion in Pakistan’s mining, petroleum, energy, power and infrastructure projects. Pak-India Business Council (PIBC) Chairman Noor Muhammad Kasuri said that there are several big investors in India interested in exploring opportunities in Pakistan. Kasuri returned from India on Tuesday after a fortnight visit and having meetings with the Indian business community.

He added that the Indian private sector has also shown eagerness to export electricity to Pakistan through Wagah-Attari border and can lay electricity lines within months for this purpose. At the Nuclear Security Summit in March, India had formally offered Pakistan 5,000MW of electricity during a brief meeting between Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

After enhancement in trade ties, opportunities for big projects like gas pipeline project between Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India will further increase. He stated that access and acceptability for Pakistani products in Indian markets has been improved after recent initiatives to improve relations between both governments.

PIBC Chairman also examined that India has developed infrastructure in tourism, information technology, agriculture, business and industrial fields and Pakistan can take advantage from Indian experiences.

Moreover, Pakistani businessmen and industrialists should avail opportunities in this regard through hard work and honesty. PIBC has also suggested to governments of both the countries to establish joint industrial and economic zones.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 2nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (57)

  • Hasan Awan
    May 2, 2012 - 2:41AM

    Overseas Pakistanis want to invest more than 100 Billion Dollars in Pakistan. First give them incentives then invite your neighbors as obviously Pakistani interests will be in Pakistan while Indian’s interest will lie in India. There more than 5 million people of Pakistani origin living abroad and they want to invest and there are no incentives for their investment protections in Pakistan for them.

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  • hyder ali
    May 2, 2012 - 2:51AM

    Lol

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  • gp65
    May 2, 2012 - 4:26AM

    So can Mr. Kasuri name at least 2-3 Indian industrialists who are looking at investments greater than $1 billion Pakistan? I am sure this information would be of great interest to their current Indian shareholders.

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  • Yash
    May 2, 2012 - 5:26AM

    Finally, India and Pakistan further progressing their ties. A strong tie between them is better for the both our nations. Keep up the good work.

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  • Raj
    May 2, 2012 - 5:52AM

    Good for both the countries. They should work together for future generations.

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  • yasir
    May 2, 2012 - 8:22AM

    @Hasan Awan:
    the most FDI pk got in a whole year is less than $6bil, we should welcome Indian investments in energy and manufacturing.

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  • Raw is War.
    May 2, 2012 - 9:06AM

    @ Hasan Awan

    Overseas Pakistanis want to invest more than 100 Billion Dollars in Pakistan.

    Overseas Pakistanis are not that rich.

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  • Humayun
    May 2, 2012 - 9:36AM

    Fishy fishy…

    World is investing in India and Indian investors are up for investing in Pakistan.

    Why does government of Pakistan not encourage and faciliate those who have already invested in Pakistan. They might come up with better investment proposals. Tax notices, new levies of all kinds (city, provincial, federal etc.) haunt the businessmen, administrative hassles in dealing with goverment departments, sense of insecurity, IP rights and so on…

    Expat community also needs to be tapped and managed professionally.

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  • curious
    May 2, 2012 - 11:53AM

    fishy idea, they just want to spy on Pakistan and tell Israel what they want to know.

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  • curious
    May 2, 2012 - 12:11PM

    Not a good idea, that is how a cunning, sly fox infiltrates a place and takes possession of something. Not a good idea for Pakistan at all. There are definitely ulterior motives behind this idea from India. Once your in, you can do whatever you want and spy and just look around and see what is happening, brainwash people to do things your way because you have the money as money is power and most importantly, Israel is a close friend of India and they want Indians to spy on Pakistan, It is just like friendly fire. Do it with caution if you have to Pakistan but be aware, proceed with caution at every step. But then again everyone has a price and if they find a pakistani willing to accept their money/millions which is easy as most people are corruptable, it will probably happen and who knows what the results will be. Only time will tell.

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  • kasai
    May 2, 2012 - 12:40PM

    The Indian economy is in a crisis. Some economists are predicting a catastrophe. All are saying the Indian growth story is over. What can a desperate India do for Pakistan?

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  • vigilant
    May 2, 2012 - 1:07PM

    @Raw is War.:
    “Overseas Pakistanis are not that rich”
    you sound funny mate….last year Overseas Pakistani remitted $11billions to their families…..& what is remitted by hundi no one knows…….overseas Pakistani are investing in other countries…..if they had opportunities and protection of investment i am sure $100billions can be invested in 5 to 10 years

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  • Super-Fool KaalCopterTanoli
    May 2, 2012 - 1:31PM

    @Hasan Awan:
    Muslim self-righteous exaggeration knows no limits.

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    May 2, 2012 - 1:37PM

    Investment in each others countries is a long way off , first let the trade grow so we develop confidence in each other.

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  • malatesh
    May 2, 2012 - 3:00PM

    India invested in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Nepal and even in US, UK, europe. etc. Whats the problem if India invests in Pakistan? Investment is always giving mutual benefits.

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  • Ashraf P
    May 2, 2012 - 3:17PM

    @Hasan Awan: Did you say $100 billion? Yaar, even when you want to blow hot air, do it reasonably. Pakistanis abroad only do menial jobs like driving taxis etc. Very few people are literate enough to hold high-paying jobs.

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  • Raw is War.
    May 2, 2012 - 3:18PM

    @ vigilant

    Overseas pakistanis are mostly laborers and daily wage earners. They usually remit everything they have and sustain on starvation diets in foreign countries. I work inn UAE and know it well. Beleive me when I say- beyond 11billion USB, they will hardly have anything else in bank.

    So 100 Billion USD is a pipe dream.

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  • politicaly incorrect
    May 2, 2012 - 3:26PM

    Indian investors should be asked to provide evidence that the money (to be invested) is ‘halal’ money.The purity of our land is non-negotiable.

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  • abbas
    May 2, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Making investment is a later step to start of with Ind / Pak should consider the following:
    a) Easier access to visas so that pple can meet families and visit both sides of the border easily.
    b) Formally allow (specifically Ind) culatural / media exchange. Pakistani channels should be allowed just like we have numerous in Pakistan.
    c) More flights / border openings with higher volume of trade of agri products.
    Making investments will mainly benefit capitalist / industrialist not the nations atleast at this stage.

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  • May 2, 2012 - 3:47PM

    @kasai:

    Haven’t you heard? The World is in recession.. Indian economy is still growing at 6% plus, which is DOUBLE what Pakistan can muster. I think it is doing alright, don’t you?

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  • A.Khan
    May 2, 2012 - 3:48PM

    Investment in energy sector from India, I dont think a perfect idea it is. European countries should be invited first and yes as said above “overseas Pakistanis”.

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  • Ahmed
    May 2, 2012 - 3:57PM

    India in this fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 had a current account deficit of 189 Billion US Dollars. Compare this Pakistan’s overall loans of 60 Billion Dollars and current account deficit of 2.5 Billion Dollars.

    They are running their country on loans and “a dream or expectation of fast returns”. Whenever, they would fall (like Greec, Spain, etc.) they will take the entire Europe and North America with them.

    India is an expectation-based economy. In terms of macro-economic fundamentals, Pakistan is still in much better position. Only problem we have is strategic vision and direction.

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  • Awais
    May 2, 2012 - 4:06PM

    @ Raw is War

    Overseas Pakistanis are not that rich.

    Is that why they are remitting $12-14 billion to Pakistan each year?

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  • Ohoo
    May 2, 2012 - 4:16PM

    @Vigilant..Last year India got $64 billion of remittance, this year it may touch $70-75 billion because of devaluation of rupee. Moreover there are many billionaires outside India. Example being in UK richest person is Indian. Many pakistanis live in UK and everyone know what are their achievements are.

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  • Kasuri
    May 2, 2012 - 4:26PM

    @gp65: Mukesh Ambani and Lakshmi Mittal are two names and to check how much they are worth in business, check google.

    Thanks

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  • naive
    May 2, 2012 - 4:27PM

    @Hasan Awan “Overseas Pakistanis want to invest more than 100 Billion Dollars in Pakistan.”

    Why would overseas Pakistanis invest 100 billion in Pakistan. They are neither that sentimental nor that crazy. If they were so they would not have gone overseas in the first place.

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  • naive
    May 2, 2012 - 4:30PM

    @gp65 “I am sure this information would be of great interest to their current Indian shareholders.”

    You are spot on. If I happened to be an unfortunate share holder I will exit the stock at the first oppourtunity

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  • Naseer Muhammad
    May 2, 2012 - 4:58PM

    Bravo!!!!! Pakistan and India need to invest and trade like the EU or NAFTA. No having done so for so long has just resulted in poverty, ingnorance, illiteracy and war. Enough is enough!!!!

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  • Nand
    May 2, 2012 - 6:13PM

    @Awais: ‘Is that why they are remitting $12-14 billion to Pakistan each year?
    There are over 3 million Paki overseas. Every month, they send some money to their families back in Pak from their salaries for support.Therefore you have this 12.14 billion.

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  • kasai
    May 2, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Dear Mr Brute Force, it isn’t just the global recession. There are very serious problems with the Indian economy that the India shining hype just can’t hide anymore: poor infrastructure, runaway inflation, weak rupee, lack of an industrial base, opportunistic political leadership, collapse of invester confidence etc etc etc

    India is in VERY serious trouble.

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  • khalsa
    May 2, 2012 - 6:48PM

    @Ahmed:
    then you compare with the size of economy. 180 billion of 1.8 trillion dollar economy is 10% while in pakistan’s case it is 30% approx. India have BOP set right while pakistan has to beg to finance anything and everything

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  • Adeel Syed
    May 2, 2012 - 7:04PM

    If you read the comments of Indian trolls you would feel that India is heaven on earth and all Indians are born rich and grow richer by the second. Their country is the ultimate superpower and has already establishment human settlements on Mars, Jupiter and the Sun.

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  • ishtiaer hussain
    May 2, 2012 - 7:16PM

    It’s heartening to know that Pakistan and India are getting closer for the sake of solving the region’s common problems. India is an emerging global power and we need to be on friendly (or may I say brotherly) terms with India. Both countries will benefit from each others. As far as Pakistan is concerned, winds of change are now refreshingly blowing. Establishment is not as powerful now as it used to be and even some elements inside the establishment now want to improve relations with India. We should not allow other powers such as USA and China to spoil our relations.

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  • Anish
    May 2, 2012 - 7:36PM

    @Ahmed:
    So why Pakistani Rupee is even weaker than Bangladesh currency.. Why Pakistani rupee is hovering aorund 90…..please answer …

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  • Singh
    May 2, 2012 - 7:37PM

    It is really interesting to read ET not due to News but comments. Comments from both side are very entertaining.

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  • ishtiaer hussain
    May 2, 2012 - 8:00PM

    @kasai:

    Obviously, the Indian economy has become weak off late. But India’s economy is much stronger as compared to our’s. Just keep in mind that India is not on IMF’s lease of life.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    May 2, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Indian businessmen are risk takers and invest in all sorts of risky places. We have invested heavily in Afghanistan mining and will do so in Pakistan as well. Hindu businessmen are still living in many parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan with all the odds. Our Marwadi businessmen can go anywhere if there is money. India will give much better terms of trade to Pakistan than any other country as costs involved for Indians will be much lower.

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  • abbas
    May 2, 2012 - 8:24PM

    So many of the above comments provides how successful such investment ventures would be if these are done with out bringing pple from both sides of the border closer to each other. Success indicators would be:
    a) We stop exchanging such comments
    b) We stop celebrating each other losses (we normally love it when Indian team lose a match and vice versa).

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  • Avi
    May 2, 2012 - 8:31PM

    @kasai:
    India is capable to overcome the financial crisis,just look at your countris present situation.
    So don’t worry of india’s economy,save your country.

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  • kasai
    May 2, 2012 - 8:32PM

    Dear Mr Isthtair Hussain, the Indian economy isn’t just having a hiccup. It is in very serious trouble. The fundamentals aren’t even there. All you have is a big population and lots and lots of bragging, boasting and showing off. Bu that just doesn’t wash anymore. Investor confidence in India has evaporated. As some body earlier pointed out they are running a huge deficit. India is an economic ticking time bomb. When it goes off, it is going to be very ugly indeed.

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    May 2, 2012 - 8:37PM

    @abbas: One of the few sober comments on this page , how easily we start fighting

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  • amit
    May 2, 2012 - 9:13PM

    @kasai:
    yes Indian economy is slowing. All economies are slowing also china. But still so called HINDU RATE OF GROWTH is more than our so friendly country in neighbourhood and in 2011 india GDP growth was 7.1 % and 2012 according to IMF it will not be 6.9% this year.and india still is a second fastest major economy Wait for results. .
    india AND CHINA GROWTH RATE BETWEEN 2011-2013

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  • Usman786
    May 2, 2012 - 11:06PM

    Property and food prices will grow UP.

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  • Ahmed
    May 3, 2012 - 12:06AM

    We several overseas who are professionals in every field from auto manufacturing It and medical field and I have news for you not everyone is doing menial jobs. If you think doing a job with honesty and integrity is menial then you are right. Most Pakistani professional (overseas) are honest. We have several prominent Pakistani multi millionaires like shahid ali khan whose firms making mufflers for most of the autos sold in the USA.
    Investment by indian businessmen is a great india and if Taiwanese can make China great then let us welcome the indians do the same for all the countries in the region. When we people know each other then differences and fears give way to understandings.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    May 3, 2012 - 12:15AM

    @Rajendhra K,
    I agreed sir,Recommend

  • Nand
    May 3, 2012 - 1:46AM

    @kasai:
    Pakistan trade deficit for 2010-2011 was over $11 billion. This figure is from SBP. Forecast for 2011-2012 will be higher. Yes Pakistan is shining and growing.

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  • vikas
    May 3, 2012 - 4:20AM

    @politicaly incorrect:
    Do you think the dry bones that are thrown at Pakistanis by the USA, China and other countries “halal”??!! Your comments are wild and totally bizarre. Wake up, man. Learn to walk on earth and not dream about your “land of pure” which, as the whole world knows, is anything but pure (!!). Foreign trade and investments are the only way out for a financially depleted and bankrupt country which has made addiction to alms from rich donours a state policy. It is this very anachronistic and stone-age thinking that has taken your country to the abyss. Can you really afford to continue with your “hallal” and “jihad” business?Recommend

  • indian
    May 3, 2012 - 9:10AM

    @ Awais

    11 Billion USD may look a great amount for a country like Pakistan.

    there are more than 5 million pakistani working overseas. mostly in middle east. It means they are making hardly Rs1.5 lakh per month apice. That too working abroad. This kind of pay has become normal in India to even in-experienced workmen.

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  • Shadowliner
    May 3, 2012 - 10:32AM

    @ vikas:
    Dude, ever heard of the concept ‘sarcasm?’

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  • Sohail
    May 3, 2012 - 1:22PM

    Thank you all for your good suggestions. Negative thoughts and comments take us away from achieving desired results.

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  • M
    May 3, 2012 - 6:03PM

    @Hasan Awan:
    If you need incentives & protections you are not a patriot. If you truly love your country you should send the money & hope for the best.So lead, follow or get out of the way.

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  • Maxxx Hardcore
    May 3, 2012 - 6:25PM

    Maybe after this investment by India in Pakistan, Pakistanis will appreciate the business acumen of Indians and realize that they are on to something and they can both flourish and prosper. It is a win win situation for both countries.

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  • AB
    May 3, 2012 - 7:32PM

    I would read the fine print multiple times before allowing India to invest!

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  • vikas
    May 3, 2012 - 7:33PM

    @Shadowliner:
    Yes, my dear fellow, I have heard about “sarcasm” but have you heard of stupidity? India has mass poverty too, but there are many who are willing to work hard and rise to the top because the country, despite fierce competition, gives everyone an opportunity regardless of their religion and other beliefs. India has nation builders to help it rise; Pakistan has madrassah-educated “graduates” to bring it down. Our Muslim brethren in India are some of the most innovative and enterprising lot. You have to just think of Wipro’s Premjee. These people think along modern, sophisticated lines and not narrow down their vision by “hallal” and “jihad” ideas . I would like both countries to be prosperous, stable and peacefully coexisting with each other. Pakistan, like India, has huge problems of underdevelopment, healthcare, poverty, education, etc. Are these not priorities for the current and future generations insted of your silly “hallal” and “jihad” potshots? There was a time, at partition, when many Indians thought Pakistan should have never been allowed to separate itself. But now we think this is the best thing that happened to India. We want to live our lives. You lead your own lives. Yet, we can trade, do business and respect each other. We are condemned by geography to live side by side; thus, even if you do not share our values and ideals of tolerance and humanity, we have to learn to coexist. If you harm India, it has ways and means to strike back, rest assured. . Recommend

  • Dr Mishra, Yorkshire
    May 4, 2012 - 1:06AM

    Vikas, from one Indian to another- you completely missed the humour and sarcasm in “politically incorrect’s” post. He is not against Indian investment, and his dig that “the investment money should be halal in the land of the pure” was brilliant self-deprecating irony,

    Sorry, you missed it. Please do not just shoot off indignant posts. Make friends here with the Pakistanis, build bridges.

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  • politicaly incorrect
    May 4, 2012 - 3:12AM

    @Dr Misra, Yorkshire
    @shadowliner

    One word. Thanks.

    @vikash

    You seem to have a lot of pent up feelings as evident from your long winding diatribes which is past expiry date.Don’t live in the past.Future lies in how we act in the present.

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