SBP imposes monetary penalty of Rs1.68 billion on 15 banks

State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has imposed monetary penalty of Rs1.68 billion upon at least 15 commercial banks for violating various regulations including anti-money laundering (AML) and counter financing of terrorism (CFT).

The SBP on Saturday released the data of significant enforcement actions by the central bank during March – June 2020.

The top banks are also amongst the list for serious violation of regulations including customers due diligence, known your customer, asset quality, foreign exchange operation, corporate governance and AML/CFT.

 Sr.NoInstitutionNature of OffenceAction TakenMonetary Penalty (Rupees in million)
1United Bank LtdProcedural violations in the areas of CDD/KYC, Asset Quality, FX Operations, Corporate GovernanceIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes to avoid recurrence of such violations.137.001
2JS Bank LtdProcedural Violations in the areas of CDD/KYC, FX OperationsIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes related to CDD/KYC, to avoid recurrence of such violations in future.71.417
3Meezan Bank LtdProcedural Violations in the area of CDD/KYCIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes to avoid recurrence of such violations.81.060
4Faysal Bank LtdProcedural violations in the areas of CDD/KYC, Asset Quality, FX OperationsIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes to avoid recurrence of such violations.96.128
5The Bank of PunjabProcedural violations in the areas of CDD/KYC, Asset Quality, FX Operations, Corporate GovernanceIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes to avoid recurrence of such violations.286.333
6Habib Bank LtdProcedural Violations in the area of CDD/KYCIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes related to CDD/KYC, to avoid recurrence of such violations in future.204.217
7MCB Bank LtdProcedural Violations in the area of CDD/KYCIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes related to CDD/KYC, to avoid recurrence of such violations in future.158.474
8National Bank OfProcedural violations in the areas of CDD/KYC, Asset Quality, FX OperationsIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes to avoid recurrence of such violations.269.810
9Bank Alhabib LtdProcedural Violations in the area of CDD/KYCIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes related to CDD/KYC, to avoid recurrence of such violations in future.46.802
10Habib Metropolitan Bank LtdProcedural Violations in the area of CDD/KYCIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes related to CDD/KYC, to avoid recurrence of such violations in future.22.805
11Bank Alfalah LtdProcedural Violations in the area of CDD/KYCIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes related to CDD/KYC, to avoid recurrence of such violations in future.40.305
12Askari Bank LtdProcedural Violations in the area of CDD/KYCIn addition to penal action the bank has been advised to strengthen its processes related to CDD/KYC, to avoid recurrence of such violations in future.29.814
13Bank Islami LtdProcedural violations in the area of FX OperationsIn addition to penal action, the bank has been advised to strengthen its process related to FX operations, in order to avoid recurrence of such violations in future.11.517
14Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank LtdViolations in the area of AML/CFTPenal and administrative action taken against the bank. Moreover, the bank has been advised to conduct an internal inquiry on breaches of regulatory instructions and take disciplinary action against the delinquent officials.81.500
15Zarai Taraqiati Bank LtdViolations in the area of AML/CFTPenal and administrative action taken against the bank. Moreover, the bank has been advised to conduct an internal inquiry on breaches of regulatory instructions and take disciplinary action against the delinquent officials.147.250

The SBP said that these actions are based on deficiencies in regulatory compliance and does not constitute a comment on the financial soundness of the entity.

The SBP from July 2019 started public disclosure of penal action against banks. “Enforcement actions are an integral part of regulatory regime which involves imposition of monetary penalties and other actions against institutions and individuals for violations of laws, rules, regulations, guidelines or directives issued by SBP from time to time,” according to a circular issued by the central bank.

In order to bring more transparency and strengthen market discipline, SBP has decided to publicly disclose significant enforcement actions.

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