International incoming calls: LHC directs PTA to confirm withdrawal of additional tax

Published: December 6, 2012
Petitioner alleges exorbitant tax still being imposed on incoming international calls. IMAGE: CREATIVE COMMON

Petitioner alleges exorbitant tax still being imposed on incoming international calls. IMAGE: CREATIVE COMMON


The Lahore High Court directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Auth-ority (PTA) on Wednesday to submit a copy of a notification about the withdrawal of an additional tax on incoming international telephone calls.

Earlier, PTA’s counsel told the court that the tax challenged by a petitioner had been withdrawn, and therefore, the petition should be dismissed.

The petitioner’s counsel, however, alleged that the tax was still being collected on incoming international calls and that overseas Pakistanis were facing problems.

The court then directed the PTA lawyer to submit a copy of the notification on the next hearing.

The court also extended a stay order against the recovery of the tax till December 13, the next date of hearing.

A private

A private company, Brain Telecommunication, had filed the petition challenging the levy of the additional tax. The petitioner stated that the additional tax was in violation of the rules prescribed under section 4 of the Competition Commission Act which prohibits price fixing and division of market through quotas.

It said the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) was mandated to provide free competition in all spheres of commercial and economic activity to enhance economic efficiency and to protect consumers from anti-competitive behaviour.

The petitioner said the CCP had also objected to the additional tax but the PTA ignored the reservations. The petitioner added that overseas Pakistanis had been facing immense difficulty and financial losses due to the “illegal” additional tax.

The petitioner requested the court to declare the impugned tax unlawful and restrain PTA from collecting the same.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Dec 7, 2012 - 1:57PM

    What a folish pakistan government gave order to move tax on international incoming call but calls still expensive for oversea pakistani.I ask one question what mistake oversea pakistani.Why pakistani government give punishment to oversea pakistan.You compare to Bangladesh and India than you easly judge what do pakistani government with their people.


  • akhtar Hussain Shah
    Dec 8, 2012 - 12:46AM

    *We are being punished by our government since long time.we are working away from our country because we did not get job in our homeland due to unemployment,facing all kinds of difficulties adding foreign exchange reserves we have the right to receive some incentive for us and for our family but things are in reverse we are charged for everything,our custom duties are for everything. Government itself is delaying to remove tax so that they can receive some more additional income. This tax really affected overseas specially in Gulf whose majority are labourer


  • Mir khan
    Dec 8, 2012 - 3:30AM

    This is not fair nowadays everyone is going for free calls and PTA and Pakistan government wants to charge so much and then they say to send money back home in a proper manner.All the top people of PTA should get the sack and I would like to see what they have and there bank accounts because they are all traitors and sucking the blood of hard working people.


  • Hafiz Sajjad
    Dec 8, 2012 - 10:07PM

    We are still facing problems for international calls,How poor this government still begging by force.lolz


  • Khan her
    Dec 8, 2012 - 11:42PM

    I think nothing is gonna happen because beside the court stay order the paki government is still charging the additional tax on all incoming calls. I don’t understand that what kind of country pakistan is? I think the whole of Pakistan looks to me FAT where might is right is the only rule. Every one knows that Mr Zardari don’t comply with any court order. There is no one in the country to implement the court order. Shame on each and every organisation including Pak army.


  • Farhan Ahmed
    Dec 9, 2012 - 10:26AM

    New IP Telephone had provided us a solution to talk to our relatives in pakistan with a great comfort. but it looks like PTA doesn’t want pakistani people to be happy. their only concern is money but not people of pakistan. world is now global, call rates are getting low day by day all over the world because of the upcoming technology and businesses are expanding, As much as call rate is low business grows up. But with a great regret, in pakistan 11 times more taxes have been imposed on the incoming calls coming from abroad, WHY ?

    overseas pakistani work hard and send money to pakistan and pakistan’s economy grows up everyday, and what we get in return, we have been stopped to talk our beloved ones. this is a big shame for PTA. They should set taxes back to what they were and appologize to all pakistanis and overseas pakistanis immediately. Recommend

  • Dec 9, 2012 - 2:25PM

    I don’t think so that they will understand polite language. I wish to catch all the incompitent political leaders and throw them in Arab Sea to make clean our country forever.

    See the tax on incoming calls creat a huge problem for overseas but these stupid are trying how to extend this difficult time for the people especialy in abroad.

    The people are filled-up with the attitude of the current incompitent government team.


  • iman
    Dec 9, 2012 - 10:25PM

    That’s TRUE this massive increase in calls rates for Pakistan is a crime done by pta people from our neighbouring countries like India china, are paying 1p per minute and we pay 8p per minute . Everyone is complaining about it.


  • shazia
    Dec 9, 2012 - 11:10PM

    this is really unfair for hardworking Pakistanis living abroad they want to talk with their beloved ones wives but now this s impossible because of extra tax which has to pay by overseas pakistanis we are all very upset instant action should be taken by pakistani goverment we relly believe on that


  • Khizar Hi-Tech
    Dec 10, 2012 - 10:54PM

    When is going to impelement old rates . . . . please tell any one


  • Dec 11, 2012 - 8:33AM

    No any hope for better in Pakistan.Our country is very rich country but our leader is theif they want steal every thing from pakistan and transfer to othetr country that why they hate to all other oversea pakistani.Government increase call rate for oversea pakistani.They not want any pakistani call back home for their beloved.Our leader not obey the order of courts.We request to MQM leader Farooq sattar to take action against PTA tax win the heart of all oversea pakistani and their family.Recommend

  • Irfan
    Dec 11, 2012 - 11:42AM

    Many things have been said but nothing been done, come to think of it thats how pakistan has been running since day 1, so i wouldnt expect anything from them


  • nadeem khan
    Dec 12, 2012 - 7:00AM

    @mumtaz8: the old rates still not restore yet why????


  • Muhamma Z Khan
    Dec 13, 2012 - 1:40PM

    LHC is hearing the case today (12/13/12) and PTA is suppose to present the notification’s copy in the court. Lets see what happens after that.


  • Malik Safdar
    Dec 14, 2012 - 2:57PM

    We our Corrupt Government is not going to implement the Lahore High Court’s order for removal of extra ordinary taxes on incoming calls to Pakistan. Though PTA has issued notification in this respect, but all in vain. How long more the Overseas Pakistan will suffer in this regard. All relevant authorities are requested to utilize their powers for implementation.


  • Faheem Hussaini
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:19AM

    How long it will take to resolve this, does anyone know the status of this it already submitted to court?


  • Waleed
    Dec 20, 2012 - 9:02PM

    There is no law and order in Pakistan. every person of the government is involved in corruption even he is a managing director or peon. I wish PTA withdraw the additional tax very soon and praying that may Allah give them hadaya.


  • ejaz Anjum
    Dec 29, 2012 - 1:44AM

    Old rates still not restore yet why????


  • Naveed Raza
    Jan 5, 2013 - 6:36PM

    What a folish pakistan government gave order to move tax on international incoming call but calls still expensive for oversea pakistani.I ask one question what mistake oversea pakistani.Why pakistani government give punishment to oversea pakistan.You compare to Bangladesh and India than you easly judge what do pakistani government with us,,,,,,,,


  • rose
    Jan 8, 2013 - 12:15PM

    Foreigner Pakistanies are really struggling to contact their Families and love ones Back home. Please pay attention on this issue and raise voice


  • Faheem Hussaini
    Jan 9, 2013 - 9:41PM

    Does anyone know the status of this, calls are still expensive, the tax is removed but still PTA is not issuing the notification. Any update?


  • mumtaz8
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:17AM

    I was informed a week ago by Braintel that is working again with the same old rates.
    Call rates by others have not been reduced like call4sale is charging 9.9 cents and phonepower 19 cents per minutes. Too much.


    Jan 10, 2013 - 9:53PM

    can any body update me that what is the delay for restoring old rates and when is the hearing date for this case and how long LHC need to make a order to the PTA or this case is going to 2014 with difrent hearing dates


  • Ateeq Ur Rehman
    Jan 14, 2013 - 11:19PM

    Whats doing LHC


  • mrs ali
    Jan 18, 2013 - 2:48AM

    still the increased rates …. why PTA not issue notifications as per orders of LHC ? do anyone know how to contact any media person or LHC so that anyone help to take action against PTA for this cruelty…. plz for the sake of all overseas pakistanis do something..


  • shahid
    Jan 19, 2013 - 1:49PM

    Dear Friends,
    I have just sent a query to Lahore high court in his regards and am now going to contact several media sources to raise the issue, I would like you all to strongly raise the issue with media as since PTA notification was issued, Pakistan media has stopped following the case, therefore we all will have to approach media at individual level if we want something seriously done about it.


  • mrs ali
    Jan 20, 2013 - 4:37AM

    @shahid: thts really a gr8 news and effort from anyone who is taking action hope that all ur efforts will bring some positive color .. thnx my brother …


  • Jan 21, 2013 - 7:42AM

    i call before 2month PTA they said rate ll be back in 1month but still tax on call and now dont think about LHC because LHC forward case to FIA holly crap LHC thought they got wrong case after 6 7 hearing suddenly our honorable judge thought it should forward to FIA now case in FIA hands and better we forget that rate ll come down again, we should stop using phone use skype yahoo msn when they ll get nothing they ll reduce rate simple or make big effort if u have recourse political millage because every party want to be great we should to contact thm they can raise this issue in better way sorry for negative idea but its true this only work in Pakistan.


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