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India to sell millions of dollars stocks seized from ppl who moved to Pakistan

10 November, 2018

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NEW DELHI: India’s government has said it will sell stocks worth millions of dollars seized from people who moved to Pakistan following the partition and the wars since, as a way to make up for a shortfall in revenues.

The stocks worth at least Rs30 billion ($412.26 million) are part of what India calls “enemy properties” that once belonged to people who went to Pakistan and China, with which India also fought a war.

Once these Indian nationals became citizens of these two countries, they were treated as "enemies" and their assets in India including land and houses as well as shares were seized and held by the Custodian of Enemy Property of India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been tightening the provisions of the Enemy Property Act 1968 to include even lawful heirs who stayed behind and were Indian citizens.

Modi’s cabinet on Thursday approved a plan to sell stocks in 996 companies held by 20,323 shareholders, deemed as “enemy shares”, the government said in a statement. The government said 588 were active firms including 139 listed on the stock exchange.

“The decision will lead to monetisation of enemy shares that had been lying dormant for decades since coming into force (of) the Enemy Property Act in 1968,” it said.

Those who left India for Pakistan were Muslims, and relations between the two countries remain fraught after numerous conflicts. Pakistan enacted a similar law at the time and seized properties of those who left for India.

The Indian government’s move comes as it is casting around for funds to support welfare programmes in the final months before a national election in the summer of 2019.

It is also struggling to meet its target of raising a record Rs1 trillion ($14.25bn) from the sale of state assets in the current fiscal year ending in March 2019.

The government said the proceeds from the sale of stocks held under enemy assets would be treated as part of the divestment proceeds.

“The government will gain from the sales of enemy shares and the proceeds will be used for development and social welfare of our people,” said federal Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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