PTA has not yet slashed international call rates – LDA officials told

PTA has not yet slashed international call rates – LDA officials told

PTA Decided to withdraw ICH Charges on Phone calls    

Lahore (Thursday, Friday, December 7, 2012) – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) decision to withdraw International Clearing House (ICH) charges on incoming international telephone calls has not been implemented.
Old call rates with additional tax still applicable. This was told by a long distance international (LDI) operator in Pakistan.

Federal government of Pakistan has decided to withdraw the ICH charges as the international call traffic has registered a decline of almost 30 percent in just one month.

Talking on condition of anonymity, the CEO of a leading LDI operator said that international traffic has fallen to approximately one billion minutes per month from the previous level of 1.6 billion minutes per month. “This traffic is presently being routed through grey channels but will come back to the legal pathways once monitoring equipment is installed in the ICH,” he said.

PTA plea dismissed by LHC
On Wednesday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) turned down PTA’s plea to dismiss a petition challenging the imposition of additional tax on incoming international telephone calls. PTA’s counsel told the court that since the federal government had decided to withdraw the tax, the petition was no longer valid.

Next proceeding date in court
However, the lawyer for the petitioner said that the tax was still being collected and, as a result, overseas Pakistanis were paying four times extra charges on calls made to Pakistan. Accordingly, the PTA has now been asked to furnish the court with a copy of the notification withdrawing the said tax at the next hearing. Further, the court has also extended the stay order on the recovery of tax till December 13, 2012.

Brain Telecom challenged Tax on international Calls
A private company, Brain Telecommunication, had filed the petition arguing that the additional tax on the incoming international calls was a violation of the rules prescribed in the Competition Commission Act prohibiting price fixing and the division of market through quotas. The petition maintained that the CCP had objected to the levy but that the PTA ignored its reservations. The petitioner asked the court to declare the impugned tax unlawful and restrain the PTA from collecting the same.

PTA notification misinterpreted?
In a statement released on Tuesday, the PTA spokesperson said: “It is in line with the policy clarification by the ministry of information technology, asking LDI operators to suspend interconnect circuits, as the matter is sub judice in the court.

” While many interpreted the statement as a de facto notification, others insist a bigger game is under way. “The PTA tried to trick the LHC by issuing the notification regarding suspension of ICH charges on international calls but is continuing to collect the same,” said sources within the telecom industry.

LDI Operator Happy?
According to these sources, LDI operators are happy about the implementation of the ICH regime as they stand to make easy money every month in accordance with their pre-decided quota. However, they say, the huge difference between old and new rates – the new rate is 8.8 cents per minute as compared to the earlier 1.25 cent per minute – has widened the space for grey traffic.


  1. salam. Koi mujhay bata sakta hay kay coinbooth ya xtravoip ki ID kis tarah ban sakti hay aur credit kis tarah miley ga. becoz main nay bohut koshish ki ID ban bhi jati hay laiken wrong ID aa jata hay plz koi bata dey. shukria

  2. Screw you zardari and it’s mofo’s supporters

  3. Shabbir Ahmed says:

    any body know some thing about calling from UAE. bhai UAE se abi bee Call to Pakistan buhet mahengi ha kya update ha please share.

  4. coinbooth ne rate kam kar deye hen 32 SAR min 450 min pakistan call ab muje nahi lagta ke is se kam hon ge saudi ariba waloo ise he ganemat samjoo our enjoy karo ab

  5. Please God help the tax be finished ameen.

  6. Why u r not agree to do this now . We work hard to get money . Then I will promise with you I will not call them so international traffic will down .

  7. yeh Pakistan hai, agr Pakistan mein sub kuch itna acha aasan hota tou aaj main saudi arab na betha hota balkay apni ammi k pass betha hota lekin PTA walay tou mujhe meri ammi se baat bhi nahi krnay de rhe

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      • ma ap ko cal kr raha ho ap recieve nai kr rahay ha yar yeh xtravoip b mobile dialer ha kia aur is ka card abu dhabi ma kaha se milay ga ma i cad ma rehta ho plz plz inform me

      • it will back soon we are waitng the good news now pta not given proper decition we will bac to u soon Insha allah

      • yaar may ksa may ho yaha k say may yeh balance hasil karo ga

      • Xtravoip ki web site se toto phone dialler download karo apnay smart device may aur credit card kay through balance hasil karo and enjoy pakistan 10$=480 mints.

      • plz tell me can i make a call to pakistan from qatar on xtravoip. i searching there rates but couldn’t find. plz help me how can i download xtravoip & also credit.


      • Main ksa main hoon aaj main ne xtra voip ki website dekhi rates k baray main koi information nahi jub online chat ki agent se to os ne kaha pakistan 0.69€ per minute yeh to wohi rate ahan 10$ se 480 minutes heen i couldn’t find. Plz help me

  8. we used to listen from our elders that every dog has its day…. so PTA has its own day also for us it is taking long to bear as we have families there. PTA is small dogi like our media,our police,but our leaders are big doggies like nawaz,zardari,etc so these dogies are biting us daily and we not curing that like we are getting paralyze by our organs (PIA,Railway,Electticity,our crisis) which being cut by these dogies i think dog has some rules for himself but these are some other types of animals…..lets see when we will be waking up to cut the throats of these and their families

  9. Shabbir Ahmed says:


  10. o pta Allah ka azab nazil ho tum pe lakho over seas ki bud dua lagay tughay saray ibrat ki maout maro Allah g meri dua kabol farmai ameen

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