UBL Starts Blocking Netflix Payments

Banking customers often use their debit and credit cards for online payments to Pakistani and international service providers and retailers. However, recent reports have revealed that United Bank Limited (UBL) customers are reportedly unable to make their Netflix payments.

While many of them feared that the bank might be following Meezan Bank in blocking payments for the video streaming platform, the bank’s customer representatives claim that is not the case.

A customer support official has informed ProPakistani that the facility of Netflix payments is unavailable due to some security issues at their end. He mentioned that their security team is fixing the issue, however, refrained from giving a restoration time.

Despite repeated efforts, UBL’s spokesman was unavailable for comment.


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Meezan Bank Controversy

It is worth mentioning here that the Shariah-Compliant Meezan Bank’s decision to block payments for Netflix subscription created quite a controversy on social media.

The news picked up when one of Meezan’s users took to Twitter to reveal that his payment for the Netflix subscription was declined. Within hours more and more people joined and started bashing the bank for its ‘ridiculous’ decision.

Following the scandal, the bank had to come up with an official statement saying that the payment was declined after the Shariah board’s decision.

As per the regulations and Shariah Compliance Guidelines of State Bank of Pakistan, Meezan Bank cannot provide any product or service that is not in line with the guidelines of Shariah Compliance.


  • If Meezan Bank is so “Shariah Compliant” then why are they dealing in interest? Or is that somehow much less of a sin than payments to Netflix?

  • Ubl services are let me say worst ever in banking industry. They need overall change in their top as well middle management.

  • meh.. I have switched to PTCL billing for Netflix. Took less than a minute. Cant be bothered to repeatedly manually renew my subscription through voucher cards every month.

    • Bhai, apko kafi dafa useless comment kerte dekha hai. I understand apko baatein kernay ka showck hai magr bolnay se pehle soch lia kero and dekh lia kero ke kuch sahi bhi bolra hon ke nai.

      StarzPlay American service hai like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Apni bananay ke liye time aur investment chahiye hogi jo kay ajkal mushkil hai.

      • Bhai kis jahil insaan ko samjha rhay hain aap is banday nay na kabhi netflex dekha hoga na starzplay yeh sirf apni aqalmandi yahaan sabit karnay k liye is trah ki bongiyaan marta rehta hay or sub say khoob zaleeh hota hy ab is ki qismat main zaleel hona likha hay tu aap or hum kya kar saktay hain

      • Baat apki bilkul sahi hai. Lekin is insaan ko aqal naam ki koi cheez nahi hai. Is se andaaza laga len k StarzPlay ko Pakistani service keh raha hai. Is bewaqoof ko har jaga apna munh kholnay ki adat hai.

        Agar bewaqoofi k koi olympics hotay to ye har baar gold medal leta aur is k hotay huay koi bewaqoofi k gold medal k qareeb b nahi aa pata.

  • And people say foreign companies are not providing their services in Pakistan, why the hell they will provide services when even our banking system is not approving a simple monthly subscription 😡


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