Roshan Digital Account is a landmark initiative by the State Bank of Pakistan to facilitate Non-Resident Individual Pakistanis (NRIPs) in opening a digital / online bank account with SBP designated banks. This account can be opened in only 14 clicks, by providing only 6 documents and in just 48 hours. There is no need to visit a bank branch or the consulate/embassy. Through this unique account, Non-Resident Pakistanis can avail banking services like remittances & payment of utility bills and also invest in various instruments in Pakistan.

To open Roshan Digital Account, Non-Resident Individual Pakistani can access any of the designated banks’ website / portal / app and fill Digital Account Opening Form, entering required information & submitting soft copies of documents. Bank will perform its Know Your Customer (KYC) and due diligence based on the information provided and confirm the status of Account Opening to the individual in 48 hours.

Trading Guidance for Roshan Digital Account

How to Invest in Shares through Roshan Digital Account

Roshan Digital Account holders can easily opt to invest in the Pakistan Stock Market by selecting ‘Investment in Stock Market’ on the bank’s website / portal / app and taking the following three further steps:


  • Select Abbasi and Company as your preferred Broker firm
  • Accept the Terms and Conditions mentioned (This will enable your RDA bank to share your information with Abbasi and Company and capital market entities to open your brokerage account & CDC depository account).
  • Add funds into your RDA brokerage account (This will transfer funds from your RDA Bank Account into your RDA stock market account with Abbasi and Company and enable you to invest i.e. buy and sell stocks).

Introduction Roshan Digital Account

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Roshan Digital Account provides an opportunity for Non-Resident / Overseas Pakistanis to remotely open a bank account with SBP designated Pakistani banks through an entirely digital and online process. This account will enable them to avail banking services like funds transfer, remittances, bills & fee payments, and invest in various instruments including stocks / shares.

To view the list of brokers that are integrated with CDC and offering Roshan Digital Account, please click on the following link:

https://www.psx.com.pk/psx/resources-and-tools/investors/investing-on-psx-from-overseas

Or

https://www.cdcpakistan.com/businesses/others/roshan-digital-account/
Roshan Digital Account allows multiple options for investment which are as follows:
  • Shares quoted on the stock exchange in Pakistan.
  • Pakistani-rupee denominated Deposit products of the banks maintaining the account.
  • Pakistani rupee-denominated debt securities of Government of Pakistan (including Pakistani-rupee Naya Pakistan Certificates, T-bills, PIBs, Sukuk and any other registered securities of the government as notified from time to time).
  • Residential and commercial real estate
A Trading Account is opened on behalf of the Investor with a broker and is used for trading in shares.
In order to authenticate each trade and transaction executed in the stock market, NCCPL registers investors by assigning a Unique Identification Number (UIN). Registered UINs are provided to the stock exchange by NCCPL and it is mandatory for brokers to enter UIN while trading.
A Custody Account is a shares custody account opened with CDC.
Direct Settlement Service (DSS) is a web based service through which IAS Account Holders can settle their trades executed at Stock Exchange directly through their respective IAS Account. Investors have to contact the broker only for the execution of trades. Further details about Direct Settlement Service are available on the following link: https://www.cdcpakistan.com/businesses/others/direct-settlement-services/
First, you have to select “Investment in Stock Market” on your bank’s portal / website / app. With the following three further steps, you can start investing in Pakistan Stock Market through Roshan Digital Account:

Click on the ‘Consent’ tab to share Roshan Digital Account details with Central Depository Company (CDC) and other capital market entities Click ‘I Agree’ to Terms and Conditions for Investing in Pakistan Capital Market Selection of Broker

You will receive an ‘Acknowledgement Email’ from CDC as soon we receive the consent and information from your bank.
In 24 hours of receiving the acknowledgement mail from CDC and if your Information/ credentials were found complete and correct, you will receive an Account Opening Package email from CDC, comprising of the following actions and details:
  • Opening of your Trading Account with your selected broker.
  • Creation and Registration of your Unique Identification Number (UIN).
  • Opening of your Custody Account (CDC Account).
  • Activation of Direct Settlement Service (DSS) in your Investor Account (if you have opted for the same).
  • Creation of your CDC Web Access Login ID and Password.
You will be contacted directly by your broker regarding its Fee and Commission Structure and other trading details. Please note that before the opening of your Trading Account, broker will perform its own due diligence and may ask for more details / information.
Before you initiate your first trade, you have to initiate a Fund Transfer request from your Roshan Digital Account to CDC Bank Account maintained with your bank (details of which were provided with the Account Opening Package).
You can purchase shares through broker’s online trading app / portal easily within the amount transferred by you to CDC.
At T+2 (2 business days after transaction), CDC will pay cash on your behalf against the purchase and will receive shares in your CDC Account. CDC will notify you about the transaction.
You can sell your already purchased shares through your broker’s online trading app / portal easily.
At T+2 (2 business days after transaction), CDC will transfer the shares out of your CDC Account and will receive cash on your behalf, which will be readily available for any further transactions.
All Corporate Action entitlements will be credited in your CDC Account. Your Cash Dividends will also be made available with CDC. All information regarding Corporate Actions will be provided to your bank and will be available to you through CDC Access web portal and app.
CDC will pay your broker’s commission from the cash transferred by you from your Roshan Digital Account to CDC bank account.
NCCPL charges are applicable on the clearing of trades and will be deducted by CDC, details of which will be provided to you. For schedule of NCCPL’s fee and charges, please refer to www.nccpl.com.pk
No, this service is FREE-OF-COST for Overseas Pakistanis. For more information, please visit: https://www.psx.com.pk/psx/resources-and-tools/investors/investing-on-psx-from-overseas

Q. What is Roshan Digital Account?

A. Roshan Digital Account is a unique opportunity for Non-Resident / Overseas Pakistanis to remotely open a bank account with SBP designated Pakistani banks through an entirely digital and online process. This account will enable them to avail banking services like funds transfer, remittances, bills & fee payments, and invest in various instruments including stocks / shares.

Q. How is it different from other bank accounts?

A. Roshan Digital Account can be opened digitally without any hassle of visiting a bank branch or embassy / consulate. It is a fully functional account that NRPs can use for basic banking services like making routine transactions & channelling remittances, and for investments in Pakistan Stock Market, Government Bonds and Securities.

Q. Is there any minimum amount required to open an account?

A. No.

Q. Who is eligible to open this account?

A. Only the following can open Roshan Digital Account:

  • A Non-Resident Individual Pakistani;

  • A Non-Resident POC Card holder;

  • Employees or officials of the Federal or Provincial Governments posted abroad in the tax year;

Q. Which documents are required to open Roshan Digital Account?

A. Scanned copies of at least the following documents are required to open Roshan Digital Account:

  • CNIC / NICOP / POC

  • Passport (Pakistani and/or foreign country)

  • Proof of non-resident status

  • Proof of Profession and Source of Income/Funds

  • For salaried individuals: job certificate / salary slips

  • For business persons: tax return / rent agreement / any other proof of income

  • Live photo

Q. How long does it take to open a Roshan Digital Account?

A. Roshan Digital Account will be opened within 48 hours if all account opening requirements have been duly completed and documents have been submitted as per respective bank’s requirement.

Q. What kind of investments can I opt for via the Roshan Digital Account?

A. Roshan Digital Account allows multiples options for investment which are as follows:

  • Shares quoted on the stock exchange in Pakistan.

  • Pakistani-rupee denominated Deposit products of the banks maintaining the account.

  • Pakistani rupee-denominated debt securities of Government of Pakistan (including Pakistani-rupee Naya Pakistan Certificates, T-bills, PIBs, Sukuk and any other registered securities of the government as notified from time to time).

  • Residential and commercial real estate

Q. What is UIN and its purpose?

A. In order to authenticate each trade and transaction executed in the stock market, NCCPL registers investors by assigning a Unique Identification Number (UIN). Registered UINs are provided to the stock exchange by NCCPL and it is mandatory for Abbasi and Company to enter UIN while trading.

Q. What is a Trading Account and what is its purpose?

A. A Trading Account is opened on behalf of the Investor with Abbasi and Company and is used for trading in shares.

Q. What is a Custody Account and what is its purpose?

A. A Custody Account is a shares custody account opened with CDC.

Q. What is DSS and what role does it play in Roshan Digital Account?

A. Direct Settlement Service (DSS) is a web based service through which IAS Account Holders can settle their trades executed at Stock Exchange directly through their respective IAS Account. Investors have to contact Abbasi and Company only for the execution of trades. Further details about Direct Settlement Service are available on the following link:

https://www.cdcpakistan.com/businesses/others/direct-settlement-services/

Q. How can I start investing in Pakistan Stock Market if I have a Roshan Digital Account?

A. First, you have to select “Investment in Stock Market” on your bank’s portal / website / app. With the following three further steps, you can start investing in Pakistan Stock Market through Roshan Digital Account:

  • Click on the ‘Consent’ tab to share Roshan Digital Account details with Central Depository Company (CDC) and other capital market entities

  • Click ‘I Agree’ to Terms and Conditions for Investing in Pakistan Capital Market

  • Select Abbasi and Company as Broker

Q. What happens after I provide the above?

A. You will receive an ‘Acknowledgement Email’ from CDC as soon we receive the consent and information from your bank.

Q. What happens after the acknowledgement email?

A. In 24 hours of receiving the acknowledgement mail from CDC and if your information/credentials were found complete and correct, you will receive an Account Opening Package email from CDC, comprising of the following actions and details:

  • Opening of your Trading Account with Abbasi and Company.

  • Creation and Registration of your Unique Identification Number (UIN).

  • Opening of your Custody Account (CDC Account).

  • Activation of Direct Settlement Service (DSS) in your Investor Account (if you have opted for the same).

  • Creation of your CDC Web Access Login ID and Password.

Q. What if I DO NOT receive an Account Opening Package Email from CDC in 24 hours?

A. In case you do not receive an Account Opening Package Email from CDC, you will receive either of the two responses from CDC:

  • Discrepancy found in your provided information / documents, asking you to provide the same in correct form or provision of some additional information.

  • No Response or Rejection from Abbasi and Company, seeking your advice on further action.

Q. How would I know about Commission and other trading details?

A. You will be contacted directly by Abbasi and Company regarding its Fee and Commission Structure and other trading details. Please note that before the opening of your Trading Account, Abbasi and Company will perform its own due diligence and may ask for more details / information.

Q. Do I need to do anything else before initiating my first trade?

A. Before you initiate your first trade, you have to initiate a Fund Transfer request from your Roshan Digital Account to CDC Bank Account maintained with your bank (details of which were provided with the Account Opening Package).

Q. How do I initiate my first trade / purchase transaction?

A. You can purchase shares through Abbasi and Company’s online trading app / portal easily within the amount transferred by you to CDC.

Q. How long after my purchase will I receive the shares in my CDC account?

A. At T+2 (2 business days after transaction), CDC will pay cash on your behalf against the purchase and will receive shares in your CDC Account. CDC will notify you about the transaction.

Q. How do I sell shares?

A. You can sell your already purchased shares through your Abbasi and Company’s online trading app / portal easily.

Q. When do I receive the cash against my sale?

A. At T+2 (2 business days after transaction), CDC will transfer the shares out of your CDC Account and will receive cash on your behalf, which will be readily available for any further transactions.

Q. How do I receive my Corporate Action entitlements?

A. All Corporate Action entitlements will be credited in your CDC Account. Your Cash Dividends will also be made available with CDC. All information regarding Corporate Actions will be provided to your bank and will be available to you through CDC Access web portal and app.

Q. Can I buy and sell shares on the same day?

A. Yes.

Q. Can I sell shares before their delivery in my account?

A. Yes.

Q. Can I sell shares and buy new shares without delivery of cash against my previous sale?

A. Yes, but within the same amount only.

Q. How do I pay Abbasi and Company’s commission?

A. CDC will pay your Abbasi and Company’s commission from the cash transferred by you from your Roshan Digital Account to CDC bank account.

Q. What are NCCPL’s charges and how do I pay them?

A. NCCPL charges are applicable on the clearing of trades and will be deducted by CDC, details of which will be provided to you. For schedule of NCCPL’s fee and charges, please refer to www.nccpl.com.pk

Q. Is there any additional fee for Direct Settlement Service?

A. No, this service is FREE-OF-COST for Overseas Pakistanis.

Q. How can I repatriate my proceeds and earnings from the Stock Market?

A. You can give instructions to CDC through CDC Web Access to transfer funds from CDC Bank Account to your Roshan Digital Account from where you can easily repatriate them by giving separate instructions to your Bank.

Q. What is SBP and what role does it play in Roshan Digital Account?

A. State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is the central bank of the country. SBP has introduced the concept of Roshan Digital Account for Non-Resident Pakistanis enabling them to avail basic banking services like payments and remittances and invest money in a variety of instruments including shares / stocks. For more information, please visit www.sbp.org.pk

Q. What is SECP?

A. Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) is the apex regulator of Pakistan Capital Market. For more details, please visit www.secp.gov.pk

Q. What is CDC and what role does it play in Roshan Digital Account?

A. Central Depository Company (CDC) is the sole shares depository and the custodian of investor’s assets in the Pakistan Stock Market. CDC is the only entity handling the electronic (paperless) settlement of shares transactions carried out at the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

CDC serves as the information hub between banks and stock market for Roshan Digital Account holders. For those who are interested to invest in stock market through RDA, CDC will open a Custody Account for them. Moreover, Login ID and Password for CDC Web Access will also be generated for the Roshan Digital Account holder.

Q. What is PSX and what role does it play in Roshan Digital Account?

A. Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited (PSX) is the country’s only stock exchange where trading of shares takes place. It is a marketplace where investors can buy and sell common stock of listed companies and other securities through securities brokers (TREC holders). PSX has been rated among the world’s best performing stock market for the past many years. For more information, please visit www.psx.com.pk

Q. What is NCCPL and what role does it play in Roshan Digital Account?

A. National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited (NCCPL) is the clearing and settlement provider of the Pakistan Stock Market. It will establish your Unique Identification Number (UIN). For more details, please visit www.nccpl.com.pk

Non-Resident Pakistani NRP
Non-Resident Individual Pakistani NRIP
Non-Resident Pakistani Rupee Value Account NRVA
Roshan Digital Account RDA
Government of Pakistan GoP
State Bank of Pakistan SBP
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan SECP
Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited PSX
Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited CDCPL / CDC
National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited NCCPL
Unique Identification Number UIN
Investor Account Services IAS
Direct Settlement Services DSS
Terms and Conditions T &C
Pak Rupee PKR
US Dollar USD
Computerized National Identity Card CNIC
Smart National Identity Card SNIC
National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis NICOP
Pakistan Origin Card POC
Shares Settlement takes place 2 business days after Trade date T+2
Turnaround time of 24 business hours 24 hours