One of the largest private banks in Pakistan has asked customers to avoid conducting cryptocurrency transactions through its banking channels, according to multiple media reports. 

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  • Bank Alfalah reportedly has sent SMS alerts to users informing them that cryptocurrencies are not legal tender and no entity is authorized to provide related services in the country. 
  • The bank’s move to steer users away from crypto comes after the State Bank of Pakistan, the country’s central bank, recommended a complete ban on all cryptocurrency uses last week. 
  • Pakistan’s investigation agency has also approached the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to block over 1,600 crypto websites in the country.