Senate Committee Recommends Revision of Mobile Phone Taxation in Pakistan

A parliamentary panel on Wednesday recommended for revisiting the mobile phone taxation in Pakistan as well as withdrawing the one mobile handset per year policy to facilitate passengers.

The Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications met with Rubina Khalid in the chair here on Wednesday, where detail briefing was given regarding streamlining the process for the collection of tax on cell phones at all airports ad extension of the time period to block un-registered IMEI cell phones.

The Committee strongly opposed the imposition of taxes on bringing more than one mobile phone to Pakistan and recommended that this policy be revisited in consultation with the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication.

Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh said that this policy had numerous flaws and for clarity, every aspect of it must be evaluated separately.

Chief Customs informed the committee that 34000 mobile phones have registered through the DIRBS system so far, where Rs 1.5 million was collected in taxes on 116 mobile handsets. As per the policy, one mobile phone is allowed duty-free per year but in addition, one has to pay taxes.

The committee observed that the figures are not very encouraging and there is a need to revisit this policy. The committee further recommended that the condition of one mobile per year for passengers may be withdrawn.

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