Pakistan blocks over 9,000 SIMs of non-filers

09:00 AM | 23 May, 2024
Pakistan blocks over 9,000 SIMs of non-filers

ISLAMABAD – The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has blocked over 9,000 SIMs belonging to non-filers.

An FBR spokesperson stated that the board met with cellular companies to inform them of the decision to block these SIMs.

However, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has distanced itself from this action.

Two telecom companies have blocked around 3,500 SIMs of non-filers. SIMs of citizens who file their returns will be restored immediately.

The FBR spokesperson mentioned that one telecom company obtained an injunction from the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The IHC, currently hearing a case related to the SIM blocking orders, clarified that the government’s decision to block non-filers’ SIMs remains in effect, as the court’s injunction was not intended to halt the blocking process.

The court issued a stay order against actions on the telecom companies in a petition challenging the government’s decision. The federal government has filed a separate petition to lift the stay order on proceedings against the mobile network companies.

The court promised to expedite the proceedings and adjourned the case until June.

Initially, it was decided to block 500,000 SIMs of individuals not appearing on the active taxpayer list but required to file the Income Tax Return for Tax Year 2023.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 19, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates 

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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