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Pakistani Hindus can buy homes in India

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 17, 2018, 1:35 am IST
Updated Jul 17, 2018, 1:35 am IST
Home ministry officials said they can now buy property in India as well.
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 Representational image.

New Delhi: As many as 30,000 Pakistani nationals, a majority of them Hindus, have been given Long-Time Visas (LTVs) from 2011, following which they can now get both PAN and Aadhaar cards. Home ministry officials said they can now buy property in India as well.

This year alone altogether 6,092 Pakistani nationals have so far been granted LTVs, that is part of the Centre’s plan to give relief to minority communities from nations like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who have shifted to India after alleged persecution back home. Officials said 14,726 Pakistani citizens were given LTVs between 2011 and 2014. Once the system was put online, 2,142 Pakistani nationals were given LTVs in 2015 and as many as 2,298 in 2016 and 4,712 in 2017.

 

Under the MHA’s policy, minority communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, which includes Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who have been living in India on LTVs, can buy a small house that is adequate for a family for self-use as well as suitable accommodation to carry out self-employment.  But such visa holders can’t buy immovable property in and around restricted or protected areas, which includes cantonments. They can obtain PAN and Aadhaar cards as well as driving licences. 

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