Pakistan’s SEC Discusses Cryptocurrency Regulation, Central Bank Confirms No Crypto Ban

Pakistan’s SEC Discusses Cryptocurrency Regulation, Central Bank Confirms No Crypto Ban


The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan has published a paper discussing cryptocurrency regulation in the country. Meanwhile, the central bank has reportedly confirmed that there is no cryptocurrency ban.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has published a position paper on the regulation of cryptocurrency trading platforms.

Besides discussing definitions and concepts of cryptocurrencies, the paper outlines different regulatory approaches adopted globally, including the recommendations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and regulations in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and the U.S. It also details how cryptocurrency could be recognized in Pakistan and regulatory proposals. “This consultation paper focuses exclusively on non-government or non-central bank issued crypto assets and not on central bank digital currencies [CBDCs],” the paper notes.

The paper discusses two approaches available for regulating cryptocurrencies. Firstly, cryptocurrency can be regulated and restricted according to existing regulations “and may in some

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