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Pakistan: Overview

Pakistan (pop. 158,277,000; GDP/cap US$627) borders the Arabian Sea, between India on the east, and Iran and Afghanistan on the west, and China in the north.

Pakistan is in dispute with India over the Kashmir region. It is also the training ground of terrorist groups like the Taliban, and allegedly, America’s best friend, Osama Bin Laden, is said to be hiding in the country.

All economic sectors of Pakistan are open to foreign direct investment.

In 2000, Pakistan liberalized its investment policy. Housing was one of the sectors that were given priority status. National ownership requirements for investments in the housing sector were removed.

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2017

Rental Income: Gross rental income is subject to income tax tax at progressive rates.

Capital Gains: Capital gains realized from selling real property are not taxable in Pakistan.

Inheritance: There are no inheritance taxes in Pakistan.

Residents: Residents Residents are taxed on their worldwide income at progressive rates. Different income tax rates apply on employment income, on other income.

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Last Updated: Nov 08, 2017

Total transaction costs are around 8% in Pakistan. The buyer pays 4% capital value tax, 2% stamp duty, 1% registration fee, and 1% property transfer tax.

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Price (sq.m): n.a. For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.
Rental Yield: n.a. For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.
Rent/month: n.a. For a 120 sq. m. property.
Income Tax: 11.40% Assumptions: Owners are a non-resident couple drawing US$ / €1,500 per month in rent, with no other local income.
Roundtrip Cost: 8.00% The total cost of buying and then reselling an apartment. Includes:

* all transaction taxes and charges:
* lawyers' and notaries' fees
* agents' fees

Assumptions: The buyers are non-resident foreigners. The apartment cost US$250,00 / €250,000.
Cap Gains Tax: n.a. Assumptions: The property was bought for US$250,000 / €250,000, and sold 10 years later, after a 100% appreciation.
Landlord and Tenant Law: Neutral Rating is based on a detailed study of each country’s law and practice.

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