IHC restricts govt from blocking SIMs of non-filers

01:18 PM | 14 May, 2024
IHC restricts govt from blocking SIMs of non-filers
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Islamabad High Court on Tuesday barred the federal government from blocking SIMs of the non-filers till May 27.

Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Justice Aamir Faroor issued stay order on plea filed by telecom operator. The apex court of federal capital took up the petition challenging FBR's decision to block sims of non-filers. 

It occurred days after Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and telecom operators agreed on blocking of SIMs of non-filers in latest push to end tax evasion.

The top tax collection authority and national telecom authorityannounced that telecos agreed to start the manual blocking process of SIMs in small batches until their systems are fully equipped to automate it.

Telecom companies assured Finance Minister that they will block 5,000 SIMs of non-filers of income tax returns on daily basis. This assurance was given during a meeting at the Ministry of Finance, where tax authorities from the FBR, PTA, and telecom companies agreed to block SIMs of non-filers whose names appear in Income Tax General Order No 1 of 2024.

Mobile companies also started blocking SIMs in accordance with the FBR's order and have sent messages to non-filers regarding the blocking of SIMs. This collaboration aims to enhance tax collection and enforcement mechanisms in Pakistan.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 28, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.25 for selling.

Euro stands at 298 for buying and 301 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal increased to 73.45.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.25
Euro EUR 298 301
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.03 748.03
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.42 38.82
Danish Krone DKK 40.44 40.84
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.62 35.97
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 904.07 913.07
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.05 59.65
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.6 7.75


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