Mr. Waqar Ahmed Malik, Chairman, Fauji Foundation (FF), inaugurated Askari Bank’s Model Branch for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) located near Jacaranda Family Club, DHA-II, Islamabad. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Mr. Atif Riaz Bokhari, President & CEO, AKBL, Mr Khurshid Zafar, COO, AKBL, Dr. Nadeem Inayat, BoD, FF, Syed Bakhtiyar Kazmi, BoD, FF, along with senior executives and valued customers of the Bank
The branch features a state-of-the-art ‘Talking’ ATM – an ATM that uses speech interpretation software to provide instructions and options to users through voice guidance. The branch entrance/ exit, counters, washrooms, ATM Cabin and locker room have been specifically designed as per needs of PWDs. All stationery items including, documents, forms, etc. are available in Braile for visually impaired persons. The branch is equipped with specially trained staff to serve PWDs and provide preferential/priority assistance based on each PWD’s unique needs.
Commenting on the occasion Mr. Malik said, “PWDs have been an overlooked segment of our society with limited opportunities. As a socially conscious organization, it is our obligation to support PWDs of our community without discrimination, promote inclusion and create equal opportunities for them at all levels”. While sharing the future plan of the Bank, Mr. Bokhari said, “The opening of this branch is one of the many initiatives taken by Askari Bank for the financial inclusion of PWDs. The Bank is committed to open PWD model branches in other cities and continues to increase employment opportunities at Askari Bank for PWDs as well”.