Legislator demands new ATMs

Says existing machines are 15 years old and need to be replaced


Our Correspondent December 09, 2017
A man withdraws money from an ATM machine. PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: A legislator of the treasury benches demanded the State Bank of Pakistan install new automated teller machine (ATMs) to deal with the issue of accounts being hacked through ATMs and money being withdrawn illegally.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz legislator Hina Pervez Butt submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly, contending that the existing ATMs are at least 15 years old and needed to be replaced with new ones.

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Butt said that a lot of people were deprived of their money in Islamabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan and several other cities of the country.

She added that the substandard ATM systems needed to be fixed as soon as possible.

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The opposition benches demanded the government take notice of unplanned housing societies being established in the city.

Pakistan Muslim League-Q legislator Chaudhary Amir Sultan Cheema submitted an adjournment motion in the Punjab Assembly. He contended that the area of agricultural land was being reduced as unplanned housing societies were being set up. He added that establishment of such societies could cause several other problems like food deficiency.

He said that prices of vegetables, fruits, and agricultural items are increasing with each passing day and the production level of agricultural products has reached 50%.

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Lahore city is depending more on other cities to fulfill its demands, he said, adding that the city was losing its share in the agricultural development of the country while the agriculture department is playing the role of a silent spectator.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 9th, 2017.

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