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Mobile users to get Rs88.9 on charge of Rs100

Service/maintenance charges no longer applicable on mobile scratch cards


Some relief for mobile phone users in Pakistan as they would now get Rs88.9 on a charge of Rs100 on their mobile phones as the apex court ruling on administrative/service charges comes into force.

The Supreme Court stated that telecom companies had stopped collecting/recovering their service/maintenance charges and will also not do so in the future in case the taxes are re-imposed.

In its order, the SC had told the cellular companies that they can, however, apply a 12.5 percent withholding tax.

The SC order stated,”However, the cellular telecom companies are not allowed to impose any service/maintenance charge thereon as they have elected not to impose these charges.”

According to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) officials, service/maintenance charges amounting to Rs12.9 will no longer applicable on the users. Officials added that there is a 12.5% withholding and 19.5% sales tax on the scratch cards.

Earlier, mobile users were receiving only Rs76.94 on the Rs100 top up but now would get Rs88.9.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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