Circulars/Notifications - Islamic Banking Department  
 IBD Circular No. 01 of 2017
July 06, 2017

The Presidents/Chief Executive Officers
All Banks

Dear Sir,

Guidelines for Conversion of a Conventional Bank into an Islamic Bank

In order to promote Islamic banking and facilitate banks desirous of converting their entire banking operations from conventional to Islamic, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has developed detailed guidelines for conversion of a conventional bank into an Islamic bank.

2. The guidelines include eligibility criteria, necessary measures and the process of conversion comprising three stages i.e. i) In-principle approval to start conversion process, ii) Conversion of existing conventional banking branches into Islamic banking branches and iii) Issuance of full-fledged Islamic Bank license.

3. Banks intending to convert their operations from conventional to Islamic shall submit a detailed application as per enclosed guidelines to Banking Policy & Regulations Department (BPRD), SBP and a copy for information to Islamic Banking Department (IBD), SBP.

4. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

Encl: Guidelines for Conversion of a Conventional Bank into an Islamic Bank

Yours faithfully,


(Ghulam Muhammad)

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