20 Paisa Tax on Each SMS, GST Lowered to 19%, Sim Activation Tax Slashed to Half

Federal Budget year 2009-2010 didn’t bring exiting news for Telecom and IT industry. There are few major things that we want to communicate at this point of time

  • 20 Paisa Tax is imposed on each SMS – killing all packages. Meaning that for subscriber, minimum price for an SMS would be 20 paisas (that will go into Govt’s pocket)
  • GST has brought down to 19 percent from 21 percent. Industry demand was to bring GST down to 16 pecent
  • SIM Activation tax has been slashed by 50 percent, now new SIM Activation tax will be Rs. 250 which was previously Rs. 500. Industry had demanded to cut SIM activation tax by 100 percent.
  • Regulatory duty from handsets has been slashed, while custom duty has been brought down to Rs. 250. Meaning that total of Rs. 250 will be applied as taxes on each handset import.

For cellular companies, operating expenses will increase as we saw new taxes in multiple items, such an advertising.

We will be bringing analysis and industry feedback on these announcements soon. Stay tuned

Note: Changes in tariff with new taxes will be appliacble from July 1st, 2009

Update: SMS tax has been taken back by government of Pakistan

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • Saqib

    SMS tax has been applied at 20paisa/message. I guess this ALONE weighs higher than any tax relief.

    • Faizan

      kera khayal hai k tamam sms users ko kisi fix din protest krna chahiay. or jab tak tax ka decision wapis nhi lea jata protest kartay rehna chahiay. Govt. hum se cheapest communication ki facility cheen rahi hai. cellular companies ko bhi hamaray sath protest krna chahiay.

  • Ali

    ARY News reporting 20 Paisa/SMS tax on text messages? Is is really?

  • Rehan


    Read 3rd paragraph of this.

    “All operators rejected the offer except one that is not offering bundle SMS package to its customers.”

    Can someone tell me which is this one company which is not offering bundle SMS package?

  • Jadoo

    is it true?

  • Mobilink kay chamchay, agar yeh baat hay tu calls par kyun nahi tax lagaya, aur jo sari raat kay packages hain un par kyun dihan nahi aya appki government ka, kay yeh youth ko kharab kar rhaay hain

    internet package jiss par app ki youth gandi movies diakhti hain uss par kyun nahi lagaya tax, sirf sms par hi jaagi hay government ki ghairat?

    logoo yeh sab mobilink ka kiya dhara hay, kyun kay uss ka koi package nahi hay aur woh baqion ko down karna chahta hay

  • Ali

    “20 Paisa Tax is imposed on each SMS”

    Pakistan will be the first country where this is happening…..Go PPP Go….Aik kam tha hamarai pas :D wo bhi le rahai hain……. This will never happen i think…what you say amir bhai? Cellular companies will not accept it as described in link above.

    • Yes – cellular companies should boycott this anti-telecom budget as a whole. Government can’t be so greedy to fill it pockets by killing an industry entirely.

  • Omair

    Your free sms service will stay free though right?

    • not really – when each SMS will cost atleast 20 paisas, then ppl not gonna use it that aggressively

  • Saleem.Khan

    I fully support this 20 Paisa/SMS because it will control our youngsters upto some level. Pakistan was 2nd in the world with higest SMS traffic… Why we always leads in wrong things? Is this 20 paisa/SMS is so high to afford… Yes it is onlly bad for those who always sticks to the SMS and that is our 80% youngsters.

    Frankly speaking, in competition of telecom, our young generation is getting spoiled and this is effecting our over all Human Resource of Pakistan.

    I totally appreciate this step to control SMS traffic in country and letting Telecom sector to play positively. What was the problem when SMS was Rs. 2/-. But Unlimited SMS for Rs 1/- is not good thing for overall generation.

    Please understand Pros and Cons of this Cut-Throat Competition. If telecom keeps doing wrong things then Government has to intervene.

    • What a myopic view… do you know how much of the part the SMS has played in educating the poor of the country…. many have learnt to read english because of this device….

      Youth will find ten thousand other ways of doing the same thing.. why must the SMS be blamed.

    • badrobot14

      yeah! n also if people consume too much wheat coz rice iz expensiv we should put tax on wheat too after all they should learn about a balanced diet. if kids sms too much their parents must deal with it stupid! instead of government collecting money for their hedious reasons.

  • Ahmad

    20 paisas on SMS will serve as a floor on SMS which Operators have been trying for quite some time. ZONG & UFone will feel the pinch and will have to make major changes in their tariff plans. On the other hand, reduction in GST will give more talk time for users. But the important aspect which has been ignored is With Holding Tax (10%). This levy can be re-claimed by the users, but the process is so cumbersome that no one bother – also the majority is not aware of this fact. GoP shall give due consideration to reduce the percentage for W.H.Tax too and give relaxation to users as most of the users does not even of fall in tax bracket.

  • Ahmad

    Dear Cellular User, I guess you have reacted too much for Salim Khan’s comment. Your comment certainly portrays the sentiments of entire youth of Pakistan who were using SMS as prime mode of communication – I do understand your agony. However, some of your comments really made me skeptical about the mindsets of our youth i.e. watching X rated movies on net. Unfortunately, we always expect to change others without realizing our own responsibility in the community. The unethical behavior of us as a nation has led us to this stage where we have the worst people at the top leading the nation – this is not Pakistan’s destiny. Lets realize our own responsibility in the community and act sensible.

  • Ahmed

    For those who think this SMS tax will promote norms and good values in our youth.

    Do you think budget is to control norms & values of the spoiled youth? If Government has that intentions then:

    1- Suggest them to intervene & stop 0900 numbers for friendships.

    2- Suggest them to intervene & stop parties that has young participants involved in drinking, abusing and unacceptable physical practices.

    3- Suggest your government to stop & filter ONLY & atleast porn sites.

    4- Suggest your government to stop gay parties in Islamabad, Karachi, & Lahore.

    But my dear, this is not just to earn money but also to stop the everyday compaign on sms against any unfamous act of the government which Government targetted especially, it learned this during Lawyers Movement.

    Down with PPP & any Government of Pakistan who are blood suckers for People of Pakistan.

    • ahsan

      Amir bhai can u pls inform us whether this new tax would be applicable right after budget?

      • New taxes are applicable starting July 1st, so you got few last days (if decision is not taken back)

  • This is unfair to impose the tax on SMS due to behind the hand of 2 companies. Now SMS is a way to express & share your views, comments information to each other. We conduct this act of Govt.

  • unknown

    _____ it all – every1 knows its the ____ asif ali zardari who is _____ the nation –

    ALLAH TAAALA bhi pata nahi inko kab uuthaega

    [Comment edited by Admin]

  • johny

    100 % agree with Ahmed…
    Govt ko agar youth ki itni he fikar ho to un packages par tax lagaye jo youngsters use kartay hain poori poori raat. Sms se kia kharab hona hai youngsters ne, Jo Mobile sex kartay rahtay hain poori poori raat. Agar itni he ghairat hai govt ko to un unlimited night packages pe tax lagaye ya ban karay.

  • Ali Kayani

    _____ it all – every1 knows its the ____ asif ali zardari who is _____ the nation

    ALLAH TAAALA bhi pata nahi inko kab uuthaega

    [Comment edited by Admin]

    Not enough Admin, This comment should be deleted!!!

    • Further edited – the point for keeping this comment is to preserve the agony shown by ppl over the decisions that government makes.

      Hope it makes sense – Let me know if you think otherwise

  • adil

    nice say ahmad
    agree wih u.
    inhe awam aur awam k halaat se kia inhe to apni jaib se garz he.Khuda jald in se hmari jan churvay or ham pr rhm kre.down with all these agents.

  • Shehzad

    Dear all,its totally unfair to impose tax on sms.As the only cheap way to communicate is sms and now the Govt is making it difficult for us to avail this facility.
    Personally i strongly disagree with it,and telecom companies should take strict action against it..

  • Specialist

    The way mobile operators irritate the tv viewers through advertisements after every single second should be controlled also :-) the companies have people who are paid for making a funny joke or poetry or dirty joke or quote and then circulate themselves and resent by users millions of times. I think it has both negative and positive side. Lets hope for no tax on emails.:) mobile companies also tease us daily by sending their package details.:) there should not be anything unlimited whether its sms or other :-) it can be harmful

  • A Cellular User

    Guys the sentiments expressed are true and account for the view of many of us.

    Please understand Govt will leave no stone unturned to earn a buck & please we all understand that they are not that socially & morally responsible to take such a step.

    Taxing SMS is down rite a unique thing, I have never heard of. By the way the idea of any one Telecom behind this looks absurd.

    What they (Govt) need to realize is that an Industry which is contributing so much should be facilitated & not brought under the brunt.

    I hope our leaders have the foresight to look what they have done.

  • Omair

    Maybe this is the governments way of curbing down viral messages that belittle its leadership =P.

  • AhmadNawaz

    Shukar kro ke in bgairtoon ne 20 paise ka tax lgaya h..ye 1 rupay ka sms b kr skte the. Lgta h k PPP or Mobilink zaleel hone ka koi moqa gawana nhe chahti

  • Sajid Khan

    We will not accept the addition of 20 paisa on each sms presented in the current budget.

    Lets begin protest
    ”bind the black strip on over arms”
    Till the Govt. take back the decision

    Please Infom to all and join in the protest.

  • Atif

    I am really surprised that why you guys have an argument about sms tax.i know there are many other things in our society that should be stopped but i am really happy that at least government tried to stop one out of these.

    • Aammuk

      I think it is appropriate to discuss about tax since this post is about sms tax issue. Well I appreciate if you can point out the other problems in our society. May be we discuss them here.

  • AhmadNawaz

    I think now the minimum price of a sms will be 39 paisa.
    20 paisa sms tax + 19% GST = 39 paisa

    its it right Aamir bhai?

    • Zeerak

      16% of Rs. 0.20 is Rs. 0.032

  • Muhammad Abrar Naeem

    ab ppp ko ek jaga aur tax lagana chahiye jahan se usey aur paisa miley ga , wo hai washroom istamal karney per tax , jis tara ye apni jaibey bhar rahey hain , awshroom janey pe bhi tax laga dein , in k account jaldi full ho jayein gey ….. ullu k …. !!!!

  • Muhammad Abrar Naeem

    In bagairto ppp walo ko poti kar k bhi tax dena chahiye ,

  • Saleem Khan

    Looks bros and sis,

    Don’t think that any one is in favour of high GST + Withholding Taxes on Telecom sector and now a new way of getting extra money… rather sucking the left over blood of people.

    As far Mobilink is concerned, I dont think that it has that much influence to compel Government for additional taxes. I am writing with full knowledge. Rather Mobilink is the only company who is a victim of Government from last 4 years. Mobilink management don’t have guts to think for the company or people. They only thinks for themselves..means for their own pockets.

    If Mobilnik would be so influncial then Mobilink was the only company who totally opposed 3G implementation in Pakistan…but Government decided to do it because Telenor is the one who is interested in it and soon you will find 3G around you too.

    So dears, don’t wastes your energies in blaming one company or other company. Government it self is greedy and unable to collect direct taxes so applies maximum indirect taxes. Think on it. Regards,

  • Saleem Khan

    Government will keep imposing more and more taxes, till you are willing to pay.

    • amber

      exactly…wel said

  • Basit147

    The Govt forgot to apply Oxygen Tax .
    These are the outcomes of Begging IMF and World Bank.

  • Agrieved

    I hope people will respond to that. Recently SMS were not used that much used against Government. Jus complaining at Blogs is like Playing Flute in front of Deaf’n’Blind.
    Now even SMS packages can’t work with every SMS at more than 0.20+tax.
    I wonder what people were thinking when they voted for PPPP-May be they thought Benazir would come back if PPPP wins? And now, whole Pakistan including innocent Punjabis(ruled by PML-N) are bearing such nasty decisions.
    I wonder why Mobilink wants to face the warth-They know MNP is already making them loose customers-Now, do they want rest others to leave them too or what?

  • Saqib

    Govt Should take back this decision as soon as possible. the public of pakistan & Cellular Companies will not accept this bad decision of govt.

  • Usman Ali

    yar da industry has been hit v.badly nd it will hv a strong impact on da users nd da investers

  • Online Money Makers

    Very strange… Then how SMS future will go on in Pakistan.

  • NJM

    Finally long awaited rumors are somehow translating into fact that sms prices are going up.

    Let’s see how our telecom companies react and what does actually happen, but 1 thing is for sure now that prices will go up for SMS no matter if it’s increased by 20paisa per sms or 10paisa per sms.

  • Shaharyar K. Kureshi

    As salm alaikum
    the only way to protest against this harsh step taken by govt. just to boycott sms service, not to go with any sms from july 1st. No revenue will generate for govt as well as mob cellular companies…
    Thwn we’ll see how they enjoy their pockets full with 20 paisas tax…

    • Agrieved

      Extremely impractical thing to say. Suggest somehting practical. Govt. wants ppl to stop using this service coz they think this service is used against them.

      • Shaharyar K. Kureshi

        so give us suggestions we’ll follow d instructions. This is, I think this is d most effective and sober way to record your protest…

      • Shaharyar K. Kureshi

        so give us suggestions we’ll follow d instructions. If govt is disturbed by this service due to sms against them, they should block this service at once…This is, I think this is d most effective and sober way to record your protest…

      • amber

        no…they jus wana earn money…thts it….agar wo itna hi hum se darte hote tou kbhi na aisi harkatein krte…

  • muhammad furqan

    the cellular companies would be xtremely happy! the tax they pay to govt on sim activation has been halved! n witholding tax also reduced by 2% .that will make up for the 20 paisa on the sms as net effect will be higher profits for the companies.could aamir tell us which r the 2 cellular companies which r making profits? while the rest r not as was stated in a newsreports quoting a cellular company official a little while back.

  • Aammuk

    I don’t agree with 20 P tax on sms. The services should be cheap no matter how people use them. Government is there to benefit people not to suck their blood. If you are talking pro and con then put tax on INTERNET because almost all of the users use it to watch porn videos or photos at least.


  • Ahsan

    So now all the sms packages will be gone.
    I dont think that imposing 20 paisa per sms would do
    anything other than reducing the number of sms sent.

    People will send less sms and there wont be much revenue left for the government.
    If they really wanted to get some revenue they should have imposed tax between 1-5 paisas per sms.

  • Saleem Khan

    20 paisa tax on SMS minimal: Tareen
    Updated at: 1535 PST, Sunday, June 14, 2009
    ISLAMABAD: Advisor to PM on Finance Shaukat Tareen Sunday said the government had lowered duty over the telecom sector as the General Sales Tax (GST) had been brought down from 21 percent to 19 percent while only 20 paisas tax had been imposed on every SMS.

    Addressing the post-budget press conference, the Advisor said the government brought down duty on import of mobile phone handsets from Rs. 500 to Rs. 250 while the SIM Activation Charges have been also been lowered from Rs. 500 to Rs. 200.

    “Only 20 paisa tax has been imposed on SMS. You know, people today spend extensively on SMS – even more than that they spend on eating. This is a minimal increase as the government already has provided relief to the telecom industry,” he added.

  • sunny

    totally agreed with the decision of Govt.

    I would suggest to increase the prices of calls as well so that to control its misuse.

    and all the night packages should be stop.

    PTA should develop some strong Proxcy servers on data network side to stop all porn sites..

    • Aammuk

      Good point-

      why don’t we shutdown co education because that is best place for boys and girls to mix up. Why don’t we stop selling cola- and other chemical drinks. Why don’t we stop using morphine as a medicine. For God’s sake try to understand that everything comes with plus and minus. Educate people rather than putting taxes.

  • Zafar Rasheed

    This is again a prove that Pakistani nation is a Geneous.
    We showed the world that Helplines can be charged & recharge is also a service provided by operators. No one throughout the world even imagined to impose taxes more than actual price of a service. Keep up the good work. MNC can impose such taxes in other markets

  • Zafar Rasheed

    One thing is conformed that this decision will reduce sms usage. Also it will harm companies as well as the government as 21% GTS proved.
    Two way strategy can be followed to pressuresed the govt.
    1) Register Protest through sms, emails and letters to elctronic and print media.
    2) Also try to envolve Supreme Court of Pakistan. As majority of us supported Lawyers movement for justice. Now its Chief Justice turn to provide relief to people especially the youth of Pakistan. It was SMS compains which motivated people & forced the govt to reinstate the deposed judges. The people of big cities especially Islamabad, Karachi & Lahore can play a vital role in this regard

    • Agrieved

      That is the problem. If the matter can be raised in Supreme court, then things can work out.
      But, since IMF is also a reason behind this 20 paisa tax, then it would be really difficult to get away from this tax.

    • Ahsan

      Supreme court cannot be involved in every matter.
      It is not the the job of supreme court to impose tax or give tax relief.

      Elected government is responsible for it.

      • Aammuk

        That’s right but SC has right to interfere every issue that is hurting people. No matter it is about taxes or anything else. See how SC reacted over gasoline prices. Unfortunately they didn’t meet our exceptions.

  • Saqib Rizwan

    I think Telecom compnies increase only a few rupees in their SMS packages. No one care for 20 paisa when you are getting 500 sms in 4 rupees from Ufone and Zong Daily.

    • Ahsan

      Telecoms offering 500 msgs for Rs. 4 and you have to pay
      500 x 0.20 = Rs. 100 tax.

      Would you like that???

  • Naina

    Thats good. At least youth will get controlled with this. people who dont have a peny even those were messaging and disturbing people…It should be controlled.
    Can anyone tell me what about the prices of laptops? are they going to increase or remain same or decreasing?Any idea please let me know….?

    • Naina Thag Lien Gy

      Why don’t you strangle all poor people??? Please be careful with selection of words while giving a comment.

  • Mohammed

    The cellular phone operators are not willing to accept the government’s offer to increase their SMS rates in order to get relief in the GST and SIM activation charges.

    The News has learnt that a meeting was held between CEOs of cellular companies and the adviser to the prime minister on finance Shaukat Tarin on Monday in which the adviser had linked the decline in GST and SIM activation to increase in SMS rates.

    All operators rejected the offer except one that is not offering bundle SMS package to its customers. The only beneficiary of the government offer would be that single company, which was unable to continue bundle SMS packages due to network issues, the finance ministry revealed.

    The SMS addicted youth would be the target of the government for generating revenue.

    Currently, if a company offers unlimited SMS for Rs3 per day the government earns only 0.21 paisa tax from this package. Once the SMS rates would be increased the bundle SMS packages would automatically end. Thus the government will earn taxes on every SMS which ever be the rates.

    On the other hand the share of SMS in total revenue generation is almost 8 per cent only while 92 per cent revenue is coming from voice services to the cellular companies. Thus the revenue of the company would also increased once the SMS rates would be reduced the people would increase voice services.

    The telecom industry and the regulatory authority PTA have already proposed to the government to reduce SIM activation tax in the upcoming budget 2009-10 to attract more foreign investment in Pakistan in the telecom sector.

    Sources in Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) said that a substantial reduction in SIM activation would be announced in budget but there is no proposal to reduce the general sales tax as this is the easiest way of collection GST for revenue generation.

    The mobile phone operators are demanding of the policy makers to bring the level of tax on telecom industry at par with other sectors, including activation tax for its speedy growth in the country.

    In the last year’s budget, the federal government had increased general sales tax (GST) to 16 per cent from 15 per cent, however, the telecom industry was the only industry which had been imposed a 21 per cent GST.

  • I want them to impose Rs. 5 tax on all text messages so that our people start learning something other than text messages all day long.

    • Ahmed

      Aadul Pitafi,
      Put some light on that learning, as your government has allocated only 2.5% for education, Don’t you think all sports should also be banned?

      Why just this idea of yours in Pakistan only, why not pushing government to raise a motion in UN to ask governments to increase SMS tarrif worldwide so people can do something as you have suggested.

      • Muhammad Abrar Naeem

        i am with u Ahmed

  • Ahmed



  • Tariq Anees

    booooooooooooohat bora huwa


    This incompetent government seems determined in choking one of the few beacons of hope in this economy! They have found an easy way to meet revenue targets according to the dictates of the IMF.

    Now that the MMS service is starting to take off in this country, hopefully the telcos will offer MMS packages instead of the SMS packages if MMS is not affected by this scheme.

  • i don’t think its applied because the sms packages are running the way they were no change in them. What i think its a rumour.

    • Ahsan

      the tax would be effective from 1st July.
      Thats why there is no change in the package at the moment.

  • By Zahid Yaqoob Khawaja ISLAMABAD(NNI)
    Advisor to PM on Finance Shaukat Tareen Sunday said the government had lowered duty over the telecom sector as the General Sales Tax (GST) had been brought down from 21 percent to 19 percent while only 20 paisas tax had been imposed on every SMS. Addressing the post-budget press conference, the Advisor said the government brought down duty on import of mobile phone handsets from Rs. 500 to Rs. 250 while the SIM Activation Charges have been also been lowered from Rs. 500 to Rs. 200. “Only 20 paisa tax has been imposed on SMS. You know, people today spend extensively on SMS – even more than that they spend on eating. This is a minimal increase as the government already has provided relief to the telecom industry,” he added.

  • mkhan

    AB ye kya nai musibat agai hai :((((((((
    ye koi insaniyat hai !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Salman

    We should stop using all the mobile services, both voice and sms. When these telecom companies will face losses, they will pressurize gov.

  • Rafay

    This is really absurd by the Govt.
    Don know whoz making their damn policies imposing 2 paisa bunch of monkies i presume.
    We are already paying 5% extra on recharge(for prepaid) nobody has emphasized on that.
    And what abt MMS is there gonna be tax on that too.
    As warid and zong are offering them free.

  • Terrorist

    Once Zardari went to a stuffed toy shop

    he liked a toy and asked the shop owner…

    “Ye moochun wala kutta kitnay ka hai”

    Shop owner: “Sir ye sesha hai”

  • Advisor to PM on Finance Shaukat Tareen Sunday said the government had lowered duty over the telecom sector as the General Sales Tax (GST) had been brought down from 21 percent to 19 percent while only 20 paisas tax had been imposed on every SMS. Addressing the post-budget press conference, the Advisor said the government brought down duty on import of mobile phone handsets from Rs. 500 to Rs. 250 while the SIM Activation Charges have been also been lowered from Rs. 500 to Rs. 200. “Only 20 paisa tax has been imposed on SMS. You know, people today spend extensively on SMS – even more than that they spend on eating. This is a minimal increase as the government already has provided relief to the telecom industry,” he added

  • Aammuk

    These PPP officials are pissers. They should really admit that they have failed to even stream line so many issues. We are agricultural country and budget for Agriculture is far less than police. I don’t know what this monchun wala is thinking lying in his bed about Pakistan. Just going on official tours every week. The biggest drama is to see Benazir’s photo and him together in all press coverage. PPP is a big DARAMA-

    • amber

      yea he went on ths tour to some foreign country n was flirting wd a lady on air….God tht zardari looser was blushing lik a newly wed dulhan….thoguh uss ki bewi ko mare kuch tym hi howa tha…

  • emalik

    I think this is good step taken by gov of pakistan, Pesonally i think sms should be Rs.5 per sms or may be more. So that all young generation specially the teenagers stop this stupid sms forward thing and concentrate on there studies and other activities….

    • amber

      all youngsters use sms for education purposes as well… n wat abt the poor ppl of pakistan who use the way of communication…n cnt afford other ways,,…wat abt youngsters who dun hav tht much money to spent on mobiles…

  • emalik

    One more idea if this blog can promote it that why there are still unregistered sims still working in pakistan which terrorists are using to do there activities…. one simple solution can be that block all the sims in pakistan and then only reopen them when a person submit its information again may be there could be some way to do that…..

    I think this blog can promote these sort of ideas……..one thing still torture me that why these telcos always look what benifits them. why pta and telcos does not comeup with a way to block unregistered sims… Please i request you guys here please give some ideas to stupids sitting in pta

  • Aur kitnay looto gay Hamein.

    I totally object!

    Propakistani should stand against this or at least do something.

  • no more Zardari sms………..!!!
    shit without sms life will be tooooooo boooooooooring……!!!

  • Ardisher

    Dear All & specially Amir, what in the world makes you write Mobilink is not offering bundle SMS??????……… secondly 3G has been postponned till next year due to lack of intrest of all operators including Telenor and internationally as-well (CAN BE VERIFIED BY PTA)
    I fail to understand that at this level if we cannot print the right info then GOD save Pakistan
    pls pls pls everyone!!!!! do first hear the right news before commenting or else this site will just be another junk bin
    i repeat little knowledge is dangerous

    • I am always pleased to respond to questions by you.

      There are two SMS bundles offered by Mobilink

      1 – Rs. 10 = 100 SMS (Validity 7 days)
      2 – Rs. 35 = 500 SMS (Validity 15 days)

      I hope you are familiar that these bundles are no way near to Rs. 3 for 500 SMS per day (Zong), or Rs. 80 for 8,000 SMS (Ufone).

      Mobilink’s unlimited SMS package was taken back due to network congestion, while Mobilink is not getting funds from Egypt to upgrade its SMS capacity, like Telenor did few months ago.

      Thanks for leaving the comment (as always), but i would appreciate if you come up, next time, with some facts than just the claims.

  • badrobot14

    Ideally all celular companies should boycott it and if government doesent waive this tax they should finish offering any kind of sms services (does 2 things: no tax for government and international media would show pak as 1st contry to stop sms govt wd get a kick up their bum.)

  • badrobot 14

    All celular companies shuld stand 2gethr n tell govt 2 waive this tax off n if govt doesn’t then the companies must ALL STOP OFFERING ANY KIND OF SMS SERVICES. This Does two things:
    1) No tax for govt and
    2) international media wd show pakistan as 1st country to do this so govt gets a kick on its IMAGE and they obey us.

    But I doubt this would b done as I dont think they hav a leader who can stand up to the govenment. Thats how you win wars, with unity and courage against the opressor!!!!!

  • Ardisher

    Ammir let me give you an over-view of what happened

    Q by Rehan: Operators rejected the offer except one that is not offering bundle SMS package to its customers.”

    Can someone tell me which is this one company which is not offering bundle SMS package?

    Ammir you replied: Mobilink

    I hope you will now understand the difference between SMS bundle offer charges and not offering at all

    I hope you realize the sensitivity of such statements and your negativity towards Mobilink is pretty much obvious

    It’s a pleasure correcting you always

    • amber

      btw which company r u referring??
      if its nt mobilink thn which one is it??

  • Ali Pasha

    By the looks of it, it seems that this site is being financed, sponsored and managed by PTML (UFONE).

  • Ali Pasha

    There are so many telecom operators and without thinking how can one say “MOBILINK”. Would appreciate if you could provide source as well. No wonder this website is being sponsored and managed by UFONE…

  • Ardisher

    Agreed, but the laugh is actually on you coz sitting within the telecom industry we feel how biased pro-Pakistani can be!!!!

  • Fareed Azam

    Jokes apart, by the looks of it, hitting Mobilink without giving a thought is bound to produce criticism. I believe, if one has a news, there should be supporting evidence to it as well. In this case, any evidence will put an end to these replies. Mr. Aamir, the readers would really appreciate if you point to the source of the information that you provided. If you have it, that will be news for us all.

  • shahid

    Good action of Govt OF Pakistan against the SMS

  • Ardisher

    Aamir, i repeat your sentence readers will laugh, they really are!!!!! lol

  • Rizwan Y2J

    Hey..I Think Is Not Gonna Happend.


  • shahrukh

    you people have voted PPP and chosen them as your rulers… now bear them. and take lesson from this that never to vote PPP again. i’ll next time vote a new and a relatively fresh mind i.e. IMRAN KHAN.

  • Ambreena Kamal Khan

    Federal Minister, Babar Gauri Says in CAPITAL TALK Geo News toda, Jun 18, 2009″ Govt. has imposed the Tax Rs. 0.20/sms Becuase, People (Like you all above me)were scattering HUMOROUS messages about OUR Sweet and ALWAYYYYYS Smiling President Asif Ali Zardari. So they should be punished of their acts. Aur Sunaoo ……. Tum Hi to Hou…….. Life Ka Network………… Sabb keh Dou…………. sabbb ki PH*T Gaii hai……..

    Khamosh rehna… kuch na kehna…. Kisi sey na kehna warna……………………………

    Abbb internet ko bhi band kerwana hai kia?

  • Zulfiqar

    if Mr.zardari(chor) and his zoo for a govt. had any best thought for our youth then they would not down funds from HEC and lowered the fees of University student but everybody know the education and health is ignored every year…..

    our 87% revenue goes to military and the remaining goes to the chor govt pockets….did you guys ever thought what are we geting back from govt.??? nothing!!

    Pakistan is not acting as a welfare state at all so whole point of TAX collection is to loot the people by decieveing tham that govt is here to help…

    We pay average 40% TAX on every thing we use or earn and there are some things which have as high as 500% tax like cars and vehicles…this means if your family get 100000 per month they are giving 40000 as TAX!!!

    This SMS tax thing is to stop the youth and puplic to know what shit the govt. is upto.as SMS is the fastest way to know about the happenings anywhere…

    i read someone here saying its positive initiative to correct US(youth)….i want tell everybody here the the biggest problem with us pakistani think that if he/she is some massiah and he had to guide people to right path!!
    if any kid or youngester is doing something wrong only and only his/her parents have the right to stop him/her…
    but in pakistan we have dictators and people who love to dictate others everywhere! they think that to make society better you got have mashall law everywhere at homes at mobiles at internet everywhere!!

    • amber

      well said…good

  • zain khan

    oyeeeeeeeeeee SALIM KHAN tu pagal hay…….negative dimag k malik tuje kyun lgta hay k sms ghalt bat hay………..ya to teri mills chalti hain ya tu waisay hi pagal hay…….students kaisy afford krain gay,,,,sms pe easily bat ho jati hay…….call kaisay krain gay….tu bill de gay……….bari himayat kr raha hay gov ki………..tuje speacial relief fund milta hay……….bara aya youth controller………….

  • saqib lodhi

    yar dis is all begarti dis tax is just for poor people n for midle class and youth is de most affecties…..yeh saleem khan kon kutta hai is k pas mobilink hai na n he already cant use dis service dats y he is saying all dis bukwas……..we de students use this service for our studies as well n dere is no use of dis new tax except zardari ki kamai kutaa zardari go zardari go……..apni betion ka jahez banana hai is ne is liay aisa kar raha hai yeh nahi tu woh khud hi aur larkon k sath so k kamai kar k apna kharcha chalain gi

  • zain khan

    mr.Johny har koi to mob sex ni krta na………..waisay b is tax se koi faida ni hone wala…..ye konsa awam per use hona hay

  • zain khan

    hey ambreen………well said

  • ibrahim bashir

    yeh jo b favour kar rahe hain is tax ki they r all baywaqoof yeh nahi hona chaiye…….dis govt specially zardari chor apni kamai me lage hain…..mr. salim khan n jony tum logon ko agar problem hai tu dont use dis service or u cant but dere r more than 45 million people who use dis service n specially youth n they all r affectd by this so dis tax should b withdrawaled or else all youth should quit sms till dis tax is removed

  • Khushkabri 4 cell users. Govt nay SMS per 20 paisa Tax Wapis Lay Liya hy. Aaj National Assembly main new mali sall per honay wali discussion samaitay hoay State Minister Hina Rabbani Khar nay kaha ” youth ke Demand Per SMS per 20 paisy Tax wapis lea jata hy”

    • amber

      u sure???? coz my mom heard the same thing…em so excited….n pls its a kind request to all of u k pls dont fight….

  • adeel

    packages will also b ended??

  • amber

    Hina Rabbani said on the demand of youth and children, additional Federal Excise Duty (FED) at the rate of paisa 20 per SMS is being withdrawn.

    The revenue loss would be compensated by increasing the additional FED on cellular services from 19 percent 19.5 percent, she said..

    there wont b any changes in pkges in fink…amir bhai m i ryte??