Indian National Provided Fake Notes By Pak Bank

30 January 2009
The Indian Express

Poonch: An Indian national was allegedly provided fake notes by Pakistan's nationalised bank during his recent visit to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The matter came to the knowledge of Indian authorities when Sikander Khan, a resident of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, on his return from PoK was found carrying four fake notes with the face value of Rs 500 at Chakan-da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district, official sources said in Poonch. After Khan entered into the Indian territory on January 26, the currency notes in his possession were checked by customs authorities. During checking, customs officials became doubtful of the genuineness of the currency, they said. After verification, the authorities came to the conclusion that all four notes issued to Khan by the Habib Bank were fake, the sources said, adding the currency notes have been seized by customs authorities. Khan had gone to PoK to meet his brother at Hajeera in Kotli on December 22 on weekly Poonch-Rawlakote bus service. On way to PoK, he had exchanged Indian currency with the Pakistani bank. However, on way back, Khan exchanged the Pakistani currency with Indian notes at a counter set up by the bank across Chakan-da-Bagh, they said. Custom authorities took Khan into custody, but he was later let off after it was established that he had exchanged currency and was not involved in any smuggling of fake notes. The authorities have already intimated the matter to External Affairs Ministry, they said.