Pakistan to Block Crypto Websites to Combat Money Laundering: Report
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Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is planning to block websites that deal with cryptocurrencies to reportedly prevent fraud and money laundering, has learned. According to the report, FIA Director-General, Sanaullah Abbasi, announced that the agency will block the websites in a cooperation with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

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While Abbasi did not clarify when the proposal might come into force, the FIA chief believes that cryptocurrencies have given a "new dimension to the fraud." He added though that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) gave clear instructions on how to combat the volatile market:

"The SBP officials gave a presentation in the meeting about a regulating mechanism."

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