KARACHI: Meezan Bank has been awarded the global winner of ‘Best Islamic Retail Bank’ for 2017 by Islamic Finance News of REDmoney Group, Malaysia. This is the second time that the Bank has received this recognition at the global level. The Bank has also been honoured with the coveted accolade of ‘Best Islamic Bank in Pakistan’, an award that has been conferred upon the Bank for the 12th time owing to its strength in providing a wide range of Shariah-compliant banking solutions to both retail and corporate customers. The Islamic Finance News (IFN) Awards honours the best in the Islamic financial industry across the world and are among the most prestigious and recognized awards in the global Islamic finance industry. Commenting on the awards, Irfan Siddiqui, President & CEO, Meezan Bank, said “Meezan Bank started with a dream of establishing Islamic banking as banking of first choice. Ever since our inception, our energies have been dedicated toward establishing Meezan as the pioneer – and indeed, as the gold standard – in an ever-widening array of Islamic financial services, through constant innovation, outstanding service and an unwavering commitment to Shariah-compliance. As we commemorate 15 years of Meezan Bank, it is truly humbling for us to be recognized as not only the Best Islamic Bank in Pakistan, but also the Best Retail Bank in the global Islamic banking industry. All praise is to Allah Almighty for all that we have achieved. We hope and pray that our efforts at Meezan Bank inspire, enable and foster many more endeavours across the globe, towards better financial solutions for all.” Published in Daily Times, January 12th 2017.