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An informal system for transferring money, especially across borders, in which local agents disperse or collect money or goods on behalf of friends, relatives, or other agents without legal protection or supervision, trusting that all remaining obligations will be settled through future transactions.

[Arabic ḥawāla, bill of exchange, from ḥāla, to change, turn; see ḥwl in Semitic roots.]
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(Banking & Finance) a system of money transfer based on promises and honour, practised in the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa
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Noun1.hawala - an underground banking system based on trust whereby money can be made available internationally without actually moving it or leaving a record of the transaction; "terrorists make extensive use of hawala"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
banking industry, banking system - banks collectively
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Dr Kaul said that his SMS exchange with Muhammad Yasin Malik drew the attention of investigators and they mistook the blood report value for 'hawala money', reported.
The two Bills are important in the sense that these will strengthen the existing laws on money laundering and foreign exchange control to make them more stringent to fight money laundering, hundi, hawala and effectively regulate foreign exchange transactions to meet standards of the Paris-based global watchdog on financial crimes.
Summary: Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Jun 7 (ANI): The Hyderabad police busted a major hawala racket in the city and seized cash of Rs 1,40,20,000, two four-wheelers and five cell phones from the possession of four people in this connection on Friday.
KARACHI -- Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) conducted a raid in Karachi's Kharadar area and arrested three men allegedly involved in Hawala and Hundi business and recovered dollars and prize bonds worth Rs420 million from their possession on Friday.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday confiscated Rs420 million in cash and arrested three suspects in Karachi as part of its crackdown against hundi and hawala dealers.
Three agents involved in the Hawala and Hundi business were arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday and dollars worth Rs420 million were recovered from them.According to the investigative agency, suspects Imran, Kamran and Rizwan were arrested in a raid conducted at the office of a private firm in Kharadar area of Karachi.
KARACHI -- The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday arrested three suspects allegedly involved in Hawala and Hundi business and recovered dollars worth Rs420 million.
The report is in some ways a reminder to the Jain Hawala diaries that had named senior BJP leader L.K.
According to the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan website, hawala (used interchangeably with hundi) is an alternative system that operates parallel to traditional banking channels.
Just hawala is one of the hardest activities to supervise, because it's so informal.'
"Unaccounted cash, hawala transactions and corrupt deals, these are the pillars on which the Congress sits.
It is known as a hawala system, and it is a network based on trust.