‘No plan to freeze Foreign Currency Accounts’, govt and State Bank refute rumours

KARACHI: The Government of Pakistan and the State Bank of Pakistan assure all account holders maintaining Foreign Currency Accounts (FCA), Roshan Digital Accounts (RDA) and Safety Deposit Lockers in banks in Pakistan that their accounts and lockers are completely safe, and that there is no proposal under consideration to put any restriction on them. 

A joint press release of the State Bank of Pakistan and the Ministry of Finance on Monday stated: “Rumours are circulating on social media that the Government or State Bank is considering freezing or placing restrictions on withdrawals from Foreign Currency Accounts, Roshan Digital Accounts and Safety Deposit Lockers. Such rumours are absolutely incorrect and baseless. It is clarified that such a proposal has neither been considered presently nor in the past.”

 Moreover, foreign currency accounts including Roshan Digital Accounts are legally protected under the Foreign Currency Accounts (Protection) Ordinance 2001, and the Government and the State Bank are committed to protecting all the financial assets in Pakistan including the ones mentioned above, it further stated.

“The Government and State Bank are taking all necessary measures to ensure macroeconomic stability in the country. The recent difficult decisions taken by the Government, including the reduction of subsidies on petroleum products, will pave the way to reach an agreement with the IMF and release of the IMF tranche and financial assistance from other multilateral agencies and friendly countries.  We are confident that these measures will relieve the temporary stress being faced due to elevated global commodity prices and political tensions, and eliminate uncertainty in the economy,” it concluded.

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