3G, 4G service: Rs260b tax will be collected in treasury every year, says Nawaz

Published: May 22, 2014

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the 3G and 4G license awarding ceremony in Islamabad on Thursday. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the 3G and 4G license awarding ceremony in Islamabad on Thursday. PHOTO: PID Express News screengrab of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the ceremony.

ISLAMABAD: A month after the auction for next-generation telecom spectrums, which raised over $1.1 billion with the sale of 3G and 4G licences, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif praised his government for getting the new technology in Pakistan and termed it a major accomplishment.

Speaking at a special ceremony held in Islamabad on Thursday to hand over the 3G and 4G mobile spectrum licenses to the successful mobile companies — Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone and Zong — the premier claimed that Rs260 billion will be collected in the treasury every year because of the new technology.

In the next four years this first-of-its-kind technology will create millions of jobs in the service sector, he added.

Commenting on the progress of the country, Nawaz said that “today’s Pakistan has developed a lot as compared to the Pakistan on June 5 last year.”

The prime minister also spoke highly about the various projects that the government was working on to avert the energy crisis, claiming them as some of the successful achievements of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government.

Nawaz also stated that the appreciation of the rupee against the US dollar was the biggest achievement of his government.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairperson Dr Ismail Shah were also present at the ceremony.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Khan
    May 22, 2014 - 1:01PM

    Congratulations to all Pakistanis


  • Uzair Malik
    May 22, 2014 - 1:26PM

    Stop lying for heavens sake…gimmickry government…in reality the country is going down the hill with every passing of day..law n order getting worse…education..medical…it’s all getting worse..militants threatening to shut schools…extortion is another story…with scores dying in poor Karachi everyday and the pm is unmoved…think beyond Lahore PM Lahore! If he stays for long, paks existence is threatened!!


  • Karachiwala
    May 22, 2014 - 1:43PM

    Finally :)


  • syed shahnawaz ahmad
    May 22, 2014 - 1:43PM

    Congratulations Prime minister and Finance Minister you did a remarkable work for Pakistan.Recommend

  • goldconsumer
    May 22, 2014 - 1:58PM

    How much tax do you pay Mr. PM?


  • goldconsumer
    May 22, 2014 - 1:59PM

    How much tax do you pay, Mr. PM?


  • javed afridi
    May 22, 2014 - 2:01PM

    @Uzair Malik:
    Education, medical, extortions – provincial subjects – Oops ;)
    Thanks for appreciating Punjab government at the same time !


  • shumayel
    May 22, 2014 - 2:10PM

    you mean the treasury of Raiwind?


  • Mubashir
    May 22, 2014 - 2:14PM

    @Uzair Malik: Oh really!!! and all that had started in last year.


  • Name
    May 22, 2014 - 2:21PM

    “Nawaz also stated that the appreciation of the rupee against the US dollar was the biggest achievement of his government.”

    It’s depreciating again. Over Rs. 100 in the open market today.

    Unfortunately they haven’t really achieved anything so far except for selling 3G licenses and bullying the market into selling dollars cheaper. Market forces cannot be artificially restricted for long.


  • Uzair Malik
    May 22, 2014 - 2:57PM

    All I’m saying is that there is no use of 3G if there is no edu..a sick person needs hospital more than anything…and if you are uncertain about getting home from work due to some target killer…than who cares about the 3G dude…Taliban is a minor issue…look into an ordinary persons life and you’ll see what our country actually needs…we are just trying to compete with the world ignoring these real problems….GOVERNANCE IS WHATS REQUIRED….and my friend…the lion is a proper expert in killing governance!!


  • down with ppp/pmln
    May 22, 2014 - 3:56PM

    hahaha..what a joke this guy is..while there are children in thar drinking water from the same drums that store water for their shepherd, this guy buys 2 rare BMWs..fully armoured for approximately 23 crore or $2.3million.. no hope..


  • seed
    May 22, 2014 - 7:51PM

    @Uzair Malik:
    Faster communication changes the whole world. It throws light on a lot of things making it harder for powerful people to pull the wool over our eyes. It gives you access to new sources of knowledge and new ways of earning a living. If you can’t appreciate this then you clearly lack imagination. The Internet is as big a game changer as motorized transport was.


  • Uzair Malik
    May 22, 2014 - 9:44PM

    Are you saying that 3G, 4G is the key to good governance? Afghanistan has got 4G as well, looks like shiny days ahead for them….in fact they got it last year…I wonder what is holding back the winds of change in Afghanistan….dude think beyond trains, buses, roads and artifical controlling of market forces to manipulate the exchange rate….I am not saying it is a bad initiative but they should focus on needs more than the wants!


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