Circulars/Notifications - Banking Policy & Regulations Department  
 BPRD Circular Letter No. 02 of 2019
February 28, 2019

The Presidents/ Chief Executives
All Banks/ DFIs

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Acceptance of Proof of Registration (PoR) Card held by Afghan Refugees
as Valid Identity Document for Account Opening

          Please refer to the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Regulations issued vide BPRD Circular No. 2 dated September 13, 2012 as amended from time to time.

2.      NADRA has informed that biometric verification for opening bank accounts of Afghan refugees holding Proof of Registration (PoR) Card has been made live w.e.f February 26, 2019 over the existing established linkage of CNIC verification. The biometric verification service for Afghan refugees holding PoR Card would work similar to the CNIC biometric verification system.

3.      Accordingly, for opening accounts of Afghan refugees holding PoR Card, banks/DFIs may accept the valid Proof of Registration (PoR) Card issued by NADRA as identity document. In this regard, banks/DFIs shall verify the identity of the Afghan refugees holding PoR Card through NADRA biometric verification system for opening of account.

4.    Moreover, for services offered by banks to their account holders, where CNIC and biometric verification is required under AML/CFT Regulations, valid biometrically verified PoR Card is acceptable as identity document.  

5.     However, banks/DFIs are advised to ensure compliance of all relevant legal and regulatory requirements including AML / CFT preventive measures instructed by SBP for account opening from time to time.

6.      All other instructions on the subject shall remain unchanged.

Yours truly,


(Muhammad Akhtar Javed)

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