Google has suspended carrier-paid apps in Pakistan due to non-payment of outstanding dues days after the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) blocked $34 million in payments to international service providers.
The download option for paid apps through mobile phone accounts has been suspended in the country, but the Google Play Store still accepts payments via bank cards.
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has confirmed the development, according to media reports.
The suspension comes a day after the Pakistani Ministry of Finance agreed to release blocked payments to international service providers, including tech giant Google.
It also agreed to a proposal of the IT Minister to evolve an effective mechanism and make payment against the Google App services.
In a statement, IT Minister Aminul Haque said that payments can be made as per the schedule. He said the central bank has been directed to delay the implementation of the policy for a month and telecos have been given one-month time to implement the payment procedures.
He maintained that IT and finance ministries and the State Bank will formulate a plan of action with mutual consultation in the given time.
Last week, it was reported that users will be unable to download the paid applications using their mobile balance.
The IT Ministry has approached Finance and SBP officials as suspending payments to the international service providers will damage Pakistan’s reputation and create difficulties for people using the paid applications.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 03, 2023 (Friday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||335.5||336.2|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||34.19||34.54|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.25||175.25|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 212,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs182,530.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Karachi||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Islamabad||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Peshawar||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Quetta||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Sialkot||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Attock||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Gujranwala||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Jehlum||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Multan||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Gujrat||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Nawabshah||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Chakwal||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Hyderabad||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Nowshehra||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Sargodha||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Faisalabad||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|
|Mirpur||PKR 212,900||PKR 2,420|