Deputy Secretary Law of the Punjab Assembly Khalid Mehmood on Friday claimed that Rs25,000 had been stolen from his bank account through ATM (automated teller machine) transactions over the past month.

Speaking to DawnNews, Mehmood claimed that the sum had been stolen from his account at National Bank of Pakistan over the past month.

He added that the money had been taken through three ATM transactions carried out at different bank branches.

In the first and second transaction, a sum of Rs10,000 was withdrawn each time. In the third and last transaction, Rs5,000 was extracted, Mehmood told DawnNews.

Mehmood said he has filed an application with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), seeking a probe into the matter. He said he has also ordered a complete bank statement to check if any other suspicious activity has taken place.

Earlier this week, Habib Bank Limited confirmed that hundreds of its bank accounts were hacked through ATM cards and that over Rs10 million had been stolen from 559 of its accounts.

FIA officials said they were waiting for more details before launching a probe connecting this with a recent fraudulent activity in which several foreigners had been arrested for allegedly stealing data from banks with skimming devices at ATM facilities.

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