In the Pakistani province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, two mining farms with state support have been launched. This is one of the first precedents of state funding of cryptocurrency mining.
Ziaulla Bangash, an adviser to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Technology, said the province recently passed a law allowing such operations. A law has also been passed allowing individuals to issue and hold their cryptocurrencies.
The climatic conditions of the province favor Bitcoin mining as there are fairly high-altitude and cold area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Last year, Bangash, together with members of the local legislative assembly, appealed to the central authorities of Pakistan to legalize Bitcoin mining and allow citizens to own digital currencies.
In November 2020, it was reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has prepared a consultation document on the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the country. SECP defines several types of digital assets, separately allocating tokens-shares and utility tokens.