PM Agrees to Withdraw SMS Tax: Farooq Sattar

Here is this positive news from capital that Prime Minister has agreed to withdraw 20 paisas tax on each SMS, reported various newspapers today, citing Farooq Sattar of MQM, who met Mr. Yousaf Raza Gillani at PM House Islamabad.

Here is the excerpt from Daily Times

During a meeting with an MQM delegation led by Overseas Pakistanis’ Minister Farooq Sattar, the prime minister is said to have agreed to a 20-percent raise in pensions and the withdrawal of a 20-paisa tax on the short messaging service (SMS), sources said.

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

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  • Hami

    Wow now that’s a news. Great :D Indeed excellent..

  • A Cellular User

    Thats Good News for all of Us :-)

  • imi

    dats great news

    prime minister zinda bad prime minister zindabad

    prime minister have taken youth side now its our duty

    to make Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani our president

    • Pakistani

      A.A. Zardari Murdabadi !

  • Zeerak

    This is great news!

  • G.a.m.e

    NICE

  • Suhaib Malik

    Why Pm zindabad ? when farooq satar has done this job :-)) means Mr. Farooq Satar zindabad :-) …. (just for fun not for political views)

  • Ali Kayani

    Good news! (:

  • Kashif

    Its just a proposal by MQM. This tax has been approved by PM.

  • kashee

    Good news but is it withdrawn or just the PM agree?

  • Zia

    Our gov’t is so greedy, I bet you these guys would even put tax on taking a dump.

  • Usman Ali

    thts sumthing better

  • umer

    thats exactly a good news…GEO P.M…dats called the real P.M.
    A salute for him.

  • omerfarooq

    I posted my comments yesterday but they arn’t getting posyed in here? Whats the issue?

  • I was not expecting this to happen!

  • AhmadNawaz

    We need iplementation

  • Saqib Qureshi

    My Friend’s! yeah this is very great news for us…….. PM Gillani Took good step.

  • Muhammad Abrar Naeem

    still the tax is not taken back , it is still just a proposal , Nine days left to take it back

  • aqib arif

    thts not fare tax should be more bcz such pplz don’t know how t use mobiles n cellphone they get these offers n then they abuse pplz in wrong nos or forward msgz regarding wrong contents to pplz such like governments issues using personalities names wrong islamic msgz asking for balance share tht m in hospital or nething else or try this number its a girls number n then balance dicreased of others…
    i u got tht kinda offers then respect people of pakistan dont abuse them using tht in a wrong way :)

    regards
    AQIB ARIF

  • Tariq & Kashif

    faroq satar zinda baad & zardari zindabad

  • Good new’s par zardari sahib ka koi aitbar nahi ha :P kabhi bhi tapak parain ga madan ma>

  • hasan

    its a good thing……….but the basic point is….
    Government, coincidently, analysed the revenue they will get by applying that tax, and the revenue they will get by applying more tax to the advertisement. Now the conclusion was that if the gov apply tax on SMS, then the advertisement will be less by the companies, as there will be no packages for SMS. and the revenue will automatically be lower.
    So………..Gov thinks that its better to earn the money by the advertising of the companies rather than applying the tax on SMS……………

  • Faizan

    its reakky a good news if it is true. P M Zindabaad. A big and Good news after world cup.

  • imran

    decision has been made. Now its official

    Govt Withdraw 20 paisa tax on Sms …………….Hina rabbani Khar

  • 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.

  • Why every time Poor is targeted.

  • Now this is a good decision.

  • KHURRAM SHAIKH

    PTCL HAS QUIETLY INCREASED CALL CHARGES FROM RE.1 TO RS. 1.10 PER MINUTE AND LINE RENT FROM RS.174 TO RS.199. THIS VERY UNAIR ON THE PART OF PTCL. WE SHOULD PROTEST TO THAT.