Incoming International phone calls tax – Lahore High Court extended stay order on Tax till Jan 14, 2013 (Daily TheNews)
Lahore (TheNews / Friday, December 14, 2012) – Lahore High Court, Lahore Bench on Thursday, December 13, 2012 extended a stay order against additional tax on incoming calls to Pakistan for a month.
Case adjourned till January 14, 2013
Justice Ijazul Ahsan adjourned the hearing until January 14, 2013, when he was informed that the notification withdrawing the additional tax had not been submitted before the court so far and the federal government needed more time.
Call Tax, Voilation of CCP Rules
Brain Telecom., A Lahore-based local loop operator had challenged the additional tax on incoming calls. The petitioner trough Barrister Umar Abdullah had contended that imposition of tax on incoming call was a clear violation of the CCP rules.
ICH established on October 1, 2012
He said the ministry of information and technology had issued a policy directive asking the PTA to immediately execute an agreement, International Clearing House (ICH), with 14 LDIs. The PTA acted upon the ‘instructions’ and established ICH for LDI operators from Oct 1, 2012.
overseas Pakistanis paying 3 to 4 times more on calls
The petitioner’s counsel contended that due to the revisal of international call termination charges overseas Pakistanis were paying 3 to 4 times more to call back home as foreign telecom operators had increased rates.
Petitioner also had pointed out the CCP had also issued a dissent note to the (MoIT) and PTA, to withdraw its decision to establish an international clearing house exchange. The decision is also not tenable in terms of the Competition Act 2010, he added.