State Bank directs banks to remain open on April 30

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday announced that all banks and their branches shall remain open on Saturday, April 30, 2022, while ATMs and mobile and internet banking will be available during Eid holidays.

According to a press release, the announcement from the State Bank of Pakistan came after the federal government announced four-day holiday for the festive occasion of Eidul Fitr. The SBP further asked the general public to undertake their banking transactions on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

“It is clarified that all banks and their branches shall remain open on Saturday, April 30, 2022 in line with SBP’s instructions embodied in BPRD Circular Letter No. 11 of April 13, 2022,” said the press release.

It further directed banks to ensure round the clock availability of Alternate Delivery Channels (ADCs) such as ATMs, Mobile Banking and Internet Banking and other services during Eid holidays.

The PML-N-led federal government has announced a four-day-long holiday for Eidul Fitr in the country. According to the notification issued by the interior ministry, Eidul Fitr holidays will be observed from Monday, May 2 to Thursday, May 5, 2022.

All the government and private offices will remain close from Monday and will reopen on Friday (May 6) on account of Eidul Fitr. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was sent a summary recommending three days of holidays for the occasion, however, the premier approved four days of leave.

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