PTA plans to block illegal calls from abroad

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STAFF REPORT IBD: PTA Chairman Farooq Awan has said Pakistan is suffering major losses mainly due to the illegal international calls coming over to the country and the relevant authorities have taken serious actions to stop this practice and no call will made to the country without payment.

It is to be mentioned here that PTA has recently increased tax on all incoming calls to Pakistan which violated the Competition Commissions rules and this tax was removed two days before on special orders of the Lahore High Court. Now PTA plans to implement restrictions on advance payment for incoming calls. According to the PTA statement, Pakistan had been paid only $1.3 although the remaining had been taken by the foreign operators.

Last year PTCL had taken a number of steps for example establishing of the International Clearing House in Pakistan that is going to be accountable for collecting all payments from other countries telecom operators for the calls made to Pakistan.

The advance payment from telecom operators may create some problems but PTCL states that it will bring significant foreign exchange to the country.


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