The NLC scam involves two billion rupees. – File photo by AFP
– File photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: The government informed the National Assembly on Friday that public and private banks and development finance institutions (DFIs) had written off loans amounting to Rs112.305 billion over the past four years.

According to a written answer submitted in the house, the number of beneficiaries was 1,434.

Although the question was not taken up for discussion because of absence of Finance Minister Dr Hafeez Sheikh, information placed before the house revealed the details of loans written off by banks and DFIs.

Sheikh Salahuddin of the MQM had enquired about names, addresses and occupations of people who had loans of Rs10 million or more written off.

The finance minister said irrecoverable loans had been written off by banks and DFIs in accordance with their duly approved policies by their board of directors.

The United Bank Limited proved to be the most generous in writing off its loans as it topped the list with Rs28.26 billion in 284 cases, followed by Habib Bank (Rs16.8 billion, 233 cases), Muslim Commercial Bank (Rs16.33 billion) and Samba Bank (Rs12.6 billion).

The Allied Bank wrote off Rs7 billion loans in 104 cases.

The National Bank benefited 137 account holders by writing off loans of Rs10 billion.

Others banks and DFIs which wrote off loans were Askari Bank (Rs2.3 billion), HSBC Middle East (Rs4.9 billion), Kasab Bank (Rs4.4 billion), ZTBL (Rs3.3 billion) Silk Bank (Rs2.12 billion), Standard Chartered (Rs1.5 billion) NIB (Rs1.1 billion) Alfalah Bank (Rs161 million), Bank of Khyber (Rs1 billion), Bank of Punjab (Rs325 million), City Bank (Rs503 million), Faisal Bank (Rs268 million), SME Bank (Rs717 million), Suneri Bank (Rs243 million), Summit Bank (Rs480 million), Pak-Kuwait Investment Bank (Rs38 million), Pak-Libya Holding Co (Rs84 million) and Saudi-Pak Industrial and Investment Bank (Rs66 million).

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Rizwan Rizvi
September 10, 2012 9:41 am
We know who those people are - they are not the working class like me and you - they are the business class, politicians, media tycoons and big shots who will never be named and would never face any consequences and will still remain "the honorables" and flag bearers of freedom and democracy as long as our life time goes.....
September 11, 2012 7:25 pm
Hope Chief Justices takes notice.
September 8, 2012 7:44 am
Wow… Boards of Directors of these banks keep writing off loans, favouring all the corrupt elements working with the cartel of notorious politicians of the PPP, PMLs (N, Q etc). Is there is some authority taking notice of this mass robbery? Poor people are deprived of their rights and corrupt are given every right to steal and rob. Shame on these bankers and cartel of politicians.
Masood Hussain
September 8, 2012 8:24 am
What is the definition of irrecoverable loans?
Tanvir khan
September 8, 2012 6:01 am
When public will be able to see names, addresses and occupations of people who had loans of Rs10 million or more written off?
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