Cell phone operators slam device & SIM sales tax




STAFF REPORT ISB: Three of Pakistan’s operators have targeted the government’s proposed sales tax on mobile handsets and SIM cards.

Mobilink, Telenor and Warid have termed the FBR’s device tax "irrational, illogical, arbitrary and incoherent". They note that it not only goes against the country’s constitution, but would also be highly difficult to implement.

Pakistan already taxes the import and supply of mobile handsets, but avoidance of this duty is common

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Internet services from sales tax in Punjab




STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab government has excluded the internet services used by the public, educational institutions, corporate sector and the software exporting firms from the sales tax.

According to a notification issued here, the Finance Department making amendments in the Punjab Sales Tax on Service Act 2012, exempted the internet services whether dialup or broadband including email, data communication network services (DCNS) and value added data services from the sales tax

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Govt. increases sales tax on mobile phones


Staff Report ISB: The federal government of Pakistan has doubled the sales tax on mobile phones. This was announced by Federal Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar in his budget speech.

It was also announced by Finance Minister that implementation of new rates of regulatory duty (RD) imposed on import of mobile phones will be withdrawn.

The tax ranges from Rs. 300, 500 to 1000 depending upon the mobile phone. This tax is in addition to the SIM activation tax, which telecom companies are

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Biometric SIMs sales ramp up


STAFF REPORT IBD:Telenor has successfully installed the biometric verification system for all SIM card sales at its sales and service centers throughout the country.

"We have completed the installation of biometric verification systems at all our Sales and Service Centers to ensure higher accuracy of subscriber data," Aslam Hayat, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Telenor said, while commenting on this initiative. This system was brought forward by the PTA in 2012, though

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