SBP imposes penalty of Rs12.8 million on HBL

KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has imposed monetary penalty of Rs12.8 million on Habib Bank Limited (HBL) for procedural violations in the area of Customers Due Diligence (CDD) and Know Your Customer (KYC).

The SBP on Tuesday said that it had imposed monetary penalty on HBL under significant enforcement actions during January 2020.

The central bank directed HBL to improve the areas of CDD and KYC.

The SBP imposed Rs219.138 million as penalty on five banks during the month of December 2019 for violating mainly regulations related to foreign trade operations, Customers Due Diligence (CDD) and Know Your Customer (KYC).

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

With the latest penal action the total amount of penalty during first seven months (July – January) 2019/2020 increased to Rs1,581.8 million.

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