ALMOST all banks in the country charge credit/debit card holders an annual fee against the so-called renewal/maintenance of chips.

As a matter of fact, credit/debit cards are now issued for a longer term of more than one year and no renewed card every year whereas banks charge a significant amount as annual fee, ranging from Rs1,000 to Rs4,000. This is unjustified. The cost of a card should not be more than Rs100 whereas they charge at least Rs1,000 a card.

The State Bank of Pakistan is requested to look into the matter and ask the banks to stop charging card-holders an exorbitant amount against the so-called renewal of credit cards or maintenance of chips. Since banks already charge their consumers high mark-up or interest rate against debit balances, charging annual fee, therefore, appears to be highly unjustified.

AAKIF HUSSAIN Karachi

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Sam
March 26, 2013 7:14 pm
All these cards are normally free overseas.Some cards have no annual fees.
Shochi
March 26, 2013 8:22 pm
Sir, A very simple option is not to waste your money with these lousy banks. Good Luck
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