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Business

Web Desk
January 10, 2019

SBP denies news item regarding 18 undeclared bank accounts of ruling PTI

Business

Web Desk
Thu, Jan 10, 2019

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan categorically has denied a news item published in a local daily relating to the bank accounts of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

In a press statement on Thursday, SBP said it neither maintains the database of banks’ individual account holders nor possesses any related information / record thereof.  Banks being the custodian of customers’ information may directly provide this information to various agencies, on case-to-case basis, as per procedure laid down under the respective laws. 

"Therefore, it is out of question that SBP has reported 18 undeclared bank accounts of PTI out of total 26 to the ECP as reported by a English language newspaper."

In fact, during July 2018 ECP approached SBP for assistance to obtain the bank accounts related information of PTI from 2009 to 2013 as per Commission’s mandate enshrined in the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Election Act, 2017. 

The SBP while discharging of its duties advised all banks to provide the required information / data directly to ECP by due date, as per procedure laid down under the law.