HBL – Habib Bank Limited is now giving debit cards to customers which will only be used in Pakistan. This policy is not only for new but every card previously issued.
The move has been taken by the bank, as HBL says, to aid in securing customers and their accounts from hacking and withdrawing of funds internationally.
In order to use their cards internationally for online shopping or other things, they will have to get it unlocked.
The management of HBL issued letters to all debit card processors that, “HBL is committed towards the security of your debit card. Our aim is to provide a secure environment to you when you are accessing your finance domestically or while traveling abroad.”
“For your added safety and to protect you against fraudulent transactions, HBL debit card at international locations will be restricted with effect April 6, 2018.” the letter mentioned.
It further stated, “If you wish to use HBL Debit Card overseas, call HBL phone banking at 021- 111-111-425 any time to activate international usage services. Local use within Pakistan will not be affected by this change and you can safely use HBL Debit Card across 150 alliances to enjoy exclusive discounts or any outlet of your choice.”