Has Pakistani govt removed PTA Taxes on mobile phones?

02:12 PM | 28 May, 2024
Has Pakistani govt removed PTA Taxes on mobile phones?
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ISLAMABAD – Pakistani government introduced Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) to register and block non-compliant devices on mobile phone networks.

Unverified posts on social media claimed that the incumbent government has removed PTA taxes on imported devices, and that people can bring mobile phones from abroad without paying any taxes.

Amid the rumours, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) clarified that no official decision has been made to remove taxes on imported mobile phones in Pakistan.

In a statement, PTA said only overseas Pakistanis will be exempt from these taxes. Additionally, non-PTA mobile users can temporarily register their devices by restarting them with a SIM card inserted.

It was a temporary measure and does not indicate a wider removal of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) taxes on devices registration.

PTA explained that its role is to verify the technical standards of mobile devices for registration through the Device Identification, Registration, and Blocking System (DIRBS) after FBR taxes are paid. The responsibility for implementing and collecting these taxes falls on the FBR, not the PTA.

PTA also urged people to rely on official sources for updates and to avoid sharing unverified information. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 21 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 21, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.75 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 297 and selling rate is 299.5 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.75.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.75
Euro EUR 297  299.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5  354 
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80  75.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.75 73.5
Australian Dollar AUD 181.2 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.91 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.5 205.5
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.11 40.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.62 916.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 28.83 29.13
Omani Riyal OMR 723.62 731.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.08 317.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74


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