Lahore High Court Cancels PTA Notification of Tax on International Phone Calls

LHC suspends additional tax on incoming international calls

Lahore (Thursday, October 25, 2012) – Giving instant relief to thousands of overseas Pakistan on Eidul Azha, the Lahore High Court on Thursday suspended the notification of the Ministry of Information Technology imposing additional tax on incoming international calls.

The LHC has immediately stopped the federal government from receiving the additional tax on incoming calls to Pakistan.

 

LHC stay against Tax on incoming international calls

 

Many of 6.5 million overseas Pakistanis were protesting against the imposition of tax, which is widely believed as an attempt to ‘benefit’ a cartel of 14 Long Distance International (LDI) operators.
A Lahore based Local Loop Operator (LLO) Brain Telecommunication Limited challenged the additional tax on the incoming calls through a writ petition.
Barrister Umar, counsel for the LLO, argued that with the approval of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the Ministry of Information Technology had issued a policy directive asking the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to immediately execute an agreement, International Clearing House (ICH), with 14 LDIs. The PTA acted upon the ‘instructions’ and established the ICH for LDI operators with effect from October 01, 2012.
By revising the international call termination charges, the overseas Pakistanis were paying 3 to 4 times on an average more to call back home as foreign telecom operators had increased rates, Barrister Umer pointed out adding the Approved Settlement Rate (ASR) for international incoming calls was also notified by the PTA.
According to the agreement of ICH — a single technical exchange or gateway — the PTA was fixing the prices of per minute incoming calls from different foreign countries to Pakistan, while quota was also being distributed among the cartel of 14 LDIs, the counsel contended.
He argued the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) had also issued a dissenting note to information technology ministry and the PTA, to withdraw its decision to establish an international clearing house exchange. The decision was also not tenable in terms of Competition Act 2010.

 

10 Comments


  1. PTA NOT YET LEFT HUGE TAX ON OVERSEAS CALLS, THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF PAKISTAN MAY TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AGAINST PTA – WE HAVE NO WAY TO ASK ONLY THE CHIEF JUSTICE OR MEDIA – PLEASE HELP US SPECIALLY OVERSEAS PAKISTAN WHO ARE LIVING IN GULF COUNTRIES FACING BIG PROBLEM ON CALLING TO PAKISTAN AND PAY HUGE AMOUNT.
    THANKS

  2. muhmmod basharat says:

    pakistan main koi addra court ka fasila nahi manta


  3. when the decision of Implementations was announced rate went up overnight, but after the court decision still no change. And Sorry for Poor MF Zardari and The Bloody PM.


  4. Chairman PTA ko jail bhejo lhc bhi Date per Date dal rAhi ha


  5. still no implementation on LHC decision


  6. zaradri kay janay say tax khatam ho ga


  7. Yaar koe to btao Lahore high court ne kia faisala sunaya


  8. salam,today is 5th novmber,aaj lahor high court ny kuyi faisla dyna thaa,pls if any one know tell us thanks


  9. plz open the incoming call line for pakistan iam very poor boy my income is 1500 rayyal and i call sawa line daily 50 rayyal for poundi living pakistani girls so plz help me and dont paid taxfor pakistani calls


  10. thats a great news and good news for overseas. a few days a go i call to my parents we talking about ptcl tax on international calls ..and we r so, disappointed about this.. but just today i read this news about ptcl tax on international in coming calls.every bodies here in malaysia unhappy with the government of pakistan .and every body abuse to Zardari & company because zardari lead to country to the beach of distory.if we call to our parents from malaysia and we buy top up rm 10 and we just talking with our parents just a few mins .and our sallery perday rm 20 then how can send money to our parents ..couse if we get some money here and we send then our parents eat if we not send then they do what.. for living?i ask you aaaaaaaaaa zardariiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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