Bank Alfalah has clarified that it has not prohibited its staff from accepting donations for Palestine, dispelling a viral internet circular that suggested otherwise. The Israeli bombardment of Gaza, drawing condemnation from Pakistan and the Muslim world, has led to numerous individuals contributing funds to aid the Palestinians.
The bank faced public backlash and the trending hashtag #BoycotteBankAlFalah after an online uproar over a circular seemingly restricting the collection of funds for Palestinians. Responding to the criticism, Bank Alfalah explained that a leaked internal memo had caused a misunderstanding. Notably, the bank neither labeled the memo as fake nor provided details of authorized accounts for Gaza donations.
Bank Alfalah clarified that it had not hindered the collection of donations for Gaza but had specifically prohibited donations to the operational accounts of embassies in Pakistan. The statement clarified, “In Pakistan, the operational accounts of embassies are restricted from receiving donations; instead, contributions should be directed to legally permissible donation accounts.”
Emphasizing their commitment to lawful practices, Bank Alfalah pledged to continue accepting donations within the bounds of the law, urging contributors to direct their funds to legally permissible donation accounts.
A number of Pakistanis are eager to donate to the people of Gaza who have been facing incessant airstrikes from Israeli forces for more than a month now. Protests are being organized across Pakistan to express solidarity with the people of Gaza and Palestine, who are facing a horrific genocide.
Many people are participating in the boycott of Israeli products in Pakistan. International food chain McDonalds is hit the hardest in the ongoing campaign. The Pakistani social media is abuzz with posts and campaigns condemning Israel and its allies for dropping bombs and killing children, women, and unarmed civilians in Gaza.