ISLAMABAD; Interim Information Murtaza Solangi on Thursday dismissed a ‘notification’ circulating online that falsely claimed the government had imposed a ban on Rs5,000 currency notes, terming it “fake news”.
The minister’s statement came after the fake notification, which claimed to have been issued by the Finance Division, surfaced on social media.
The ‘notification’ stated that the government had announced a “significant policy change aimed at strengthening the financial system and curbing illicit financial activities”.
“With effect from September 30, 2023, the use, possession and circulation of Rs5,000 currency notes will be banned throughout the country,” it claimed, adding that the notes would no longer be legal tender after this date.
State broadcaster Radio Pakistan also shared the notification, saying that a “fake notification is circulating on social media”.
“It is the responsibility of everyone to reject the irresponsible behavior of disseminating #fakenews,” the broadcaster said.