KARACHI - Meezan Bank Ltd and Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Ltd have signed an agreement whereby all customers of Meezan Banks Housing Finance (Easy Home) will be provided with Shariah-Compliant Life Takaful Coverage. Irfan Siddiqui President and CEO Meezan Bank Ltd and P. Ahmed CEO Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Ltd. signed the Takaful (Islamic insurance) Agreement at a ceremony on Tuesday. According to the agreement, all housing finance customers of Meezan Bank will be provided comprehensive Takaful that will cover not only life but also accidental and natural disability. Moreover, the premium for the first year will be paid by the bank which is to be adjusted later. The insurance penetration in Pakistan is only 0.3 per cent of its total GDP, which means just 10 to 15pc families are opting out this facility, while in developing countries 60 to 70pc families go for this. Speaking on the occasion, President and CEO Meezan Bank Ltd. Irfan Siddiqui said that Meezan Bank has always focused on coming up with Halal Riba-free products and innovative facilities for its customers and the Takaful arrangement with PQFTL is another step in the direction of making Islamic Banking the banking of first choice. CEO Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Ltd said that they were delighted to sign the Takaful agreement with the countrys pioneering Islamic bank, which will pave the way for numerous benefits for its customers. He said that Pak-Qatar Family Takaful is always looking for ways to provide value added products to the people of Pakistan. By joining hands with Meezan Bank we would be able to reach out to many people who would otherwise not have had the benefit of a customer centric and Shariah-compliant risk mitigation tool, he added. Ahmed said that Pak-Qatar Family Takaful has the financial strength and expertise to safeguard investments and meet the long-term investment needs of the people in Pakistan. He further said that they are rapidly expanding their distribution network in order to achieve their vision of providing financial protection to everyone through Takaful.