FIA initiates scrutiny of currency exchange companies

KARACHI: On the directives of Director General FIA Sanaullah Abbasi, Director Karachi Circle Aamir Faroqui has initiated scrutiny and investigation into the affairs of currency exchange companies.

Recently, FIA interrogated Zafar Paracha, owner of Paracha International Exchange regarding hoarding and smuggling of US dollars.

Sources said data from exchange companies regarding the buyers and sellers of foreign currency to identify genuine buyers and the market manipulators.

State Bank of Pakistan has introduced following regulatory measures:

Persons travelling to Afghanistan will be allowed to carry only USD1,000/- per person per visit

Maximum annual limit of USD6,000.

Exchange companies will be required to conduct biometric verification for all foreign currency sale

Transactions equivalent to USD500/- and above and outward remittances needs biometric verification.

This requirement will be applicable with effect from October 20, 2021.

Exchange Companies will sell the cash foreign currency and make outward remittances, equivalent to USD10,000/- and above, against receipt of funds through cheque or banking channels only.

These regulatory measures will help to improve documentation of sale of foreign currency by exchange companies

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