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Is the Rs. 5,000 Note Being Discontinued?

Rumors and Reality: The Fate of the Rs. 5,000 Note


In recent days, there has been a lot of talk on social media about the Rs. 5,000 currency note in Pakistan. Some posts claim that this note will no longer be valid after September 30, 2023. However, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) has quickly responded to these rumors, stating that they are entirely false and have no basis in fact.

The MoIB’s Fact Checker account has emphasized that spreading such unverified information is not only wrong but also harmful to the country. Importantly, neither the Ministry of Finance nor the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has made any official statements about discontinuing the Rs. 5,000 note. This means that the Rs. 5,000 note will continue to be accepted as legal currency in Pakistan.

The Rs. 5,000 note was introduced in Pakistan in 2006 to make large transactions easier. While there have been discussions about demonetizing high-denomination notes, similar to what India did with the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes in 2016, no concrete actions have been taken in Pakistan in this regard.

India’s move to demonetize its high-value notes was aimed at reducing illegal money and promoting digital payments. However, the results of this action have been debated, with some questioning its effectiveness.

In light of the MoIB’s clarification, the status of the Rs. 5,000 note in Pakistan remains unchanged, pending any official announcements from relevant authorities.

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