Night packages

Pakistanis may soon see a ban placed on night packages offered by telecom companies in the country.

Senate Committee on Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs, on Wednesday, has recommended a ban on different nigh packages including calls, SMS and internet packages offered by telcos.

The Senate committee met with Farooq Hamid Naek in the chair to consider and finalize the recommendations for the Finance Bill 2018. Senator Mohammad Ateeq Sheikh also relayed that the consumers of mobile card worth Rs. 100 should be exempted from advance and withholding taxes.

Many telecom users in  Pakistan despite not falling into the taxable bracket are forced to pay taxes to the government when they use telecom services in the country which is quite unfair. The Chairman of the committee shared the same sentiment in saying that the deduction of advance tax in mobile phone card is not understandable.

The matter of the night packages and their ban will send to Ministry of Information Technology and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), as per the recommendation of the committee. As for the telecom taxes imposed on Rs. 100 mobile card, the matter would be discussed later on as Senator Ateeq plans to present a comprehensive report on the matter.

This is not the first time an exemption from tax has been recommended on Rs. 100 mobile card and it is a bit presumptuous to expect any actionable advancement on this matter During the meeting, Senator Siraju-ul-Haq also recommended the removal of advanced tax and sales tax imposed on mobile phones but the committee deferred the matter.

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