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Verify your biometrics this month or face bank account suspension

May 17, 2019

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People with accounts at any Pakistani bank have to have their biometrics verified before May 31. If they don’t, their bank accounts are going to be suspended.

The State Bank of Pakistan has issued these guidelines to all banks in the country, which in turn have been sending SMS to account holders like this one.

The State Bank wants all accounts to be biometrically verified as part of its crackdown against money laundering and terrorism funding. It wants to verify that all account holders are registered with NADRA.

All account holders need to have their accounts verified. This includes low-risk accounts, foreign currency accounts and bulk opening propositions (like salary accounts).

According to the SBP, it is applicable to all customers (irrespective of nature and currency of account) whose identity documents are biometrically verifiable from NADRA.

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    Nayyer   May 18, 2019 11:42 pm/ Reply

    If a person living out of country, how he can get biometric verification?
    Please advise

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    Rizwan   May 19, 2019 1:46 pm/ Reply

    What about overseas Pakistani

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    Saleha perveen   May 20, 2019 1:14 pm/ Reply

    Signal are not coming from the SIM

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    Zainab Hossain   May 21, 2019 6:35 am/ Reply

    If a person is out of the country and if for any reason cannot return immediately, how can he get biometric verification?????? although it was done in 2017, Please advise.

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    Anonymous   May 22, 2019 7:16 pm/ Reply


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    Roshan Ara   May 23, 2019 8:58 am/ Reply

    For people who are out of country should provide proof to banks that they are not in Pakistan with the reason i.e. medical, education, job etc. For example a person residing in US for medical reasons should provide his Medical certificates attested from embassy

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    Araaa   May 23, 2019 9:00 am/ Reply

    Submit proof for out of country attested by embassy

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    Amir Sultan   May 30, 2019 12:00 am/ Reply

    This is a joke on behalf of the Government of Pakistan. Why on earth we the overseas Pakistanis are punished who provides valuable foreign exchange for the country.
    Overseas Pakistanis have been issued CNIOCP cards by NADRA who has obtained finger prints.
    By providing copy of the CNIOCP cards will be sufficient for the purpose of Biometric verification by NADRA.
    Why on earth we have to invent the wheel again and again???
    By blocking overseas Pakistanis account means we shall not be able to send money to our block accounts. Catch twenty two.

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    Amir Sultan   May 30, 2019 12:12 am/ Reply

    Overseas Pakistanis are holding CNIOCP cards issued by NADRA.
    At the time of application NADRA has taken finger prints of the applicants.
    Is this not sufficient to provide a copy of the CNIOCP of the account holders.
    For God sake why we have to invent the wheel time and time again.
    NOTE: Overseas Pakistanis will not remit money to a blocked account.
    Catch twenty two.

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    Amna Taraiq   June 1, 2019 3:03 pm/ Reply

    What if overseas Pakistani can’t visit Pakistan in near future ? What is the way for overseas Pakistanis verification? Kindly please let us know

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    Muhammad   June 12, 2019 1:33 am/ Reply

    i live in Saudi Arabia from last years i have account in Pakistan UBL I got the following message.and i contact ubl customer care they said you must provide biometric verification how can we go to Pakistan in this short notice
    please be informed that as per guidelines of State Bank of Pakistan, you are requested to provide Biometric verification against your account latest by 30th June 2019 in order to keep transacting through your account. However, if the requisite is not fulfilled within the specified time, your account may be blocked on temporary basis.
    now what to do

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    imran   June 15, 2019 1:38 am/ Reply

    For customers who do not qualify under the definition of NRP, but are currently/ temporarily outside Pakistan for any reason, the bank/ DFI may obtain reasonable evidence/ proof from the customer regarding his/ her absence from the country (i.e. copy of valid passport, visa, exit stamp, resident permit, etc.) and the expected date of return.

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    Tahir Ali   June 20, 2019 3:41 pm/ Reply

    For Senior Citizens whose finger impressions are nearly vanished as a result bio metric machines are unable to verify then what the procedure for their pension accounts? how would they operate their Pension accounts?
    It is requested that please may kindly be sought another way to registered all account holders, in my perspective
    (1) copy of valid CNIC
    (2) latest photo shots taken in banks by standard cameras so that in future he / she could be verified easily
    (3) iris scanning of each pension or disabled account holders
    are the suitable ways to recognize actual and real account holders , yes they should be allowed to operate their accounts via signature / thumb impressions or photo , (photo of account holders may be updated year to year);

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    Mozaffar Haq, Ottawa, Canada.   July 17, 2019 4:44 am/ Reply

    I am suffering with the same problem, recently the Bank has provide an exemption form for non-resident Pakistanis to fill it and submit it online at the, I just hope that it will work, saving travelling time and expenditure for million of native Pakistanis living world wide.

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