Senate adopts resolution to withdraw Rs5,000 banknote

Banknote is being used in illegal transactions and should be withdrawn, states the resolution


News Desk December 19, 2016
The banknote is being used in most of the illicit transactions and should be withdrawn, says resolution. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Senate adopted on Monday a resolution to withdraw the Rs5,000 note from circulation.

According to Express News, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Usman Saifullah tabled the resolution, arguing that the note was being used in illegal transactions and should be withdrawn.

Opposing the resolution, law minister Zahid Hamid said the move would have repercussions on the economy and the masses in general, as is unfolding in neighbouring India.

Senator suggests withdrawing Rs5,000, Rs1,000 banknotes

At this, Saifullah said the banknote shouldn't be withdrawn at once as was done in India, but halting its printing and withdrawing the notes in a time span of three to five years. The House later adopted the resolution.

The resolution was submitted by the PPP lawmaker on November 10, seeking to reduce illicit money flows and encourage people to use banking services.

The move came after India's recent demonetisation drive, in which notes of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes were pulled from circulation.

COMMENTS (6)

Sumit Sharma | 4 years ago | Reply Lol, by passing resolution in advanced... they are letting black money holders to convert their black money in small notes asap..
Haji Atiya | 4 years ago | Reply Suspect this move is the result of some diktat at a higher international level, both in India and now Pakistan, by tax authorities to clean up our acts and move to the extent possible towards a cashless society.
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