Pakistani Websites Blackout in Protest against Internet Taxes

Pakistani bloggers and internet companies today decided to blackout their websites in protest against the recently imposed taxes by the Punjab Government on internet services, according to a joint statement issued by digital publishers of Pakistan at a press conference in Lahore.

Punjab government – through an SRO – imposed this week a whopping 19.5% tax on all kinds of internet usage for those with Rs. 1,500 or above monthly bills or 2Mbps and above broadband speeds.

This tax is imposed on all kinds of internet services in Punjab including 3G, 4G, DSL, EVDO, fiber etc. Other provinces and centre (Islamabad) are likely to follow the suite.

Digital publishers, who have support from cellular mobile operators, banks, consumer associations, PASHA and ISPAK along with civil society, said that the country’s top websites are already running black home-screens in protest against taxes on internet.

How to Join Digital Blackout Campaign to Block Internet Taxes?

This country-wide internet blackout campaign is likely to be supported and acted upon by thousands of Pakistani websites and bloggers who have demanded immediate withdrawal of taxes on internet.

According to a joint statement from digital publishers, this tax by the Punjab Government on internet is going to hamper the current 3G/4G uptake that has reached 15 million subscriptions in just one year of 3G/4G launch.

After several delays – spanning many years – Pakistan auctioned 3G and 4G licenses last year and telecom operators invested $1.1 billion on spectrum auction only. Several hundred million dollars were also spent on network up-gradation, however, telecom operators – in a joint statement earlier this week – said that their future investments on network rollout and upcoming spectrum auction is conditional with reversal of this tax.

Punjab is likely to collect around Rs. 3 billion in taxes from the sector this year, however, corresponding negative growth on internet uptake due to these taxes will cause the national economy an estimated loss of Rs. 100 to Rs. 200 billion in five years (Reference PLUM research on Pakistan).

Studies show that 10 percent uptake in broadband subscriptions increases national GDP by 1.5% and slowness of internet uptake due to these taxes is only going to harm the already struggling economy of Pakistan.

Punjab government, on one side, is making efforts for digitization of the province through several initiatives from PITB and distribution of several hundred thousands of laptops each year, while on the other side it is imposing taxes on internet to block the growth and academic potential of the youth.

New taxes are also going to block development work in e-education, e-health and e-banking sectors.

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


  • KMQ

    Aamir bhai what exactly this blackout means? I visited, Pasha and ISPAK websites and didn’t say any such thing. Also no such thing observed uptil now on ProPaksitani website.

    • Ahmed Habib

      Nothing like that, its just a false reporting, biased person do such ironies everyday.

      • Muhammad Bilal Khan

        Tou Bhai Phir Visit kioun karty hain ProPakistani :P

        • Inam

          I’d say reason is keeta. :P
          And yes I know I wrote wrong spellings.

          • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

            aesa keeta kisi ko ha jo jahan jata election haar jata

        • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

          jhot ka jawab dain gay or dete rahen gay.aese chalnay nahi dain gay jo inteshar or jhoot saý mulk ka naam khrab kerty hain

          • Muhammad Bilal Khan

            Fake ID sy Inqalab Lain gy Mery Aamir Bhai :P

          • Muhammad Umair

            apka jo jhut pakra gaya hai pehle uska jawab to dain bad kisi aur k jhut per baat kijye ga.

      • Haida Kay

        Noon Nikammay.. atay kyu ho roz roz chawlein maarnay :v :D

    • FQ

      Click on how to ‘join the blackout…… ‘. Basically it will activate the pop up that shows the protest aging the imposition of tax.

  • Ahmed Habib

    Aamir gone mad! He is now forcing others to blackout w/ false reporting. Shame.go aamir go.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      khud bhi kray na blackout
      khud false propaganda kerne k liye bethay hain

  • Ahmed Habib

    To fight w/ tax, you started doing this? Allowed misleading ads???again shame on you.

    • Rehmat

      sexy

      • fb

        Ahmed Habib you do know that those ad’s are displayed based on your previous web searches and or location right? I’m reading this article from UAE and there is a DU ad and property ad’s because I have searching for property….have you been searching for a girlfriend? :p

        • Ahmed Habib

          Dear baby, I never searched for a girlfriend, atleast not on google! Why I always seen IT related google ads here and today only I saw this ad poping up. I search for money transfer services such as Western Union, why these ads are not displayed to me??

          • Muhammad Aamir

            Brother! Aamir Atta told that we’ve not control over Google ads. If you see such ads, please report as irrelevant.

            • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

              first time I am agree with you

              • Muhammad Aamir

                آپ کا بہت بہت شکریہ۔ :D

            • Ahmed Habib

              If so, good news.

          • Waqas

            then they are offering you once :D

          • HarrySidd

            Acha itna sa keh denay se tmari maan lein hum .. jhoota hai bhai tu, defend b nahi kr paa rha apni frustration lolx

    • Geekpk

      these ads are by google and they depend on ur browsing history also.

      • Zaki Uddin

        lol, now shame on you @Ahmed Habib XD

        • Ahmed Habib

          Now its displaying car ads, never searched for cars for sure!

          • Zaki Uddin

            chill bro no problem to be a part of FOREVER ALONE nation ?

      • Umar Shahzad

        No they don’t depend on browsing history.

        They depend on blog type and categories which publisher assign.
        I think it is a glitch in advertising system.

      • Ahmed Habib

        They depend mostly on the site structure and posts made, and depend less on browser history data. You can experiment yourself, clear your google history data and check the website again, does it show you something unique??

        • Muhammad Aamir

          Brother! Aamir Atta told that we’ve not control over Google ads. If you see such ads, please report as irrelevant.

    • KaKa is Back

      Hahaha so you browse such things? That’s why google comes up with ads RELEVANT to your liking :D

      • Ahmed Habib

        I search for tags relevant to my field. Never searched for a girlfriend atleast.

        • Muhammad Musa Raza

          Nice save ;)

        • Haida Kay

          Jee jee .. apnii herkatein sahi kar0 phir aa kr faaltu ki chawliaan maarna .. Oratein chahye inay bus !!!

    • FYI – You can adjust your ad settings here to tailor ads for your experience as well as block those you don’t like

    • Furqan

      Bht sharati ladkay lagty ho tum Ahmad Habib.

    • Muhammad Naeem Uddin

      so easy :o
      getting a gf

  • Umar Shahzad

    So when you are going to “blackout”?

    • Ahmed Habib

      I think a year long blackout will do great. :-)

  • Zaki Uddin

    it’s not like that!

    • Inam

      I can prove each word of what I said.
      Can you? “it’s not like that!” is not an answer.

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        bhai aaj k result dekh laena zra election k samaj jao gy

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        chacha ji dunya capitalist economy hai.dunya main sirf pak nhi hai.
        capitalism main aesa he hota ha
        ainwen baten na kro

        • Inam

          Ok. Tassali hogai as usual shoper double krwa k?

          • Zaki Uddin

            LMAO, stopper double karwa k XDDDD

            • Inam

              Lol, that’s what he does always. And on each blog!

              • Zaki Uddin

                I Literally LOLED XDDDD

        • Muhammad Aamir

          I’ve noticed nowadays you’ve become an angry person. I think you’ve married and you didn’t find a wife of your choice :D #JustKidding

          • G

            Economic terrorism is going on in PAK, courtesy of Zionist IMF.

      • Zaki Uddin

        Things are in hands of our government, Imf is the guide, in the end its the government who makes the decision!

  • Muhammad Aamir

    We’ve become completely Amercian Gulam!!!

    • Inam

      That’s how “Financial Slavery” works.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      American ghulam is our Army only. bitter truth which no one accept.
      political leaderships had never ever good relations with US

      • Muhammad Aamir

        Brother! I think you have misconceptions about our army. All the decisions are taken by the government, not the army. For example, Turkey sent soldiers to Burma because of the government, not due to the army. I guarantee our soldiers are ready to fight with anyone. It’s my personal opinion that we are total 154 Islamic countries, if we send only 100 soldiers to Burma we will have 15400 soldiers and the problem will be solved in no time. It’s clear that the USA has full control over the most of the Islamic countries. If it were not the case, then our army would convert the US drones into ashes because our government scares the USA, so it isn’t possible.

        • Ghulam.e.Ahmed

          totally agreed… that’s why sudia forced Pak Army to help them against HOSSI militants in yemen.

        • Faheem Asghar

          154 Islamic Countries?

          I think it only 54 Islamic Countries

          • Muhammad Aamir

            Yes! It’s a typo!

        • Zaki Uddin

          who said turkey sent troops to Burma?

          • Muhammad Aamir

            I didn’t mention the date! Turkey sent many years ago.

      • Zaki Uddin

        LOL

  • MS

    Bhai were you living under a rock for the past year? Sindh & KPK already had this tax in effect since July last year. It’s Punjab who has followed suit, not the other way around.

  • Zahid Iqbal

    Good

  • Ahsan Zafar

    Fuck pakistani government if you cant make internet cheaper so please dont make it expensive and In U.K my family having 105Mbps connection for 30 pounds and in Pk i am paying nearly 40 pounds for 8Mbps … simply FUCK you guys….

    • Muhammad Aamir

      Simply, go to the UK :D

    • physicsinventions

      Uk main apki family pura ta daiti hy poch laina kabi , Pakistan main kon kitna tax daita hy sabko pata ! Taxes ky bgair koi b mulak progress nahe kr sakta !

      • Lazy Sapper

        Fuck this income tax as well. Dumb governments can not figure out how to increase its own revenue resources instead of consistently increasing previous taxes and introducing newer ones.

        • Muhammad Aamir

          You’re right!! The government has no common sense for generating revenue. There are an unlimited ways to generate. Only 0.57% people pay income tax in Pakistan, the government has vowed not to spend money on income tax, just sucking money from the poor’s blood.

          • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

            kia kehny apke bhai
            wese tourism k liye yahan aye ga kon??

          • Ahsan Zafar

            This is the only government who is doing something for tourism, This country must be 100% free from terrorism if we want tourism and they government is doing by zarb-e-azab, And people doesn’t give text but business like us and job persons have to give tax and the main and the biggest reason responsible for every trouble we are facing these days, tourism is the easiest way to earn and require good transportation and its important and then you guys says its waste of money so people couldn’t ne satisfied…. i know this government is not good … agreed but i force you to agree its the best yet !! and any government in past some year haven’t done taht much as they had did… Excpet ” MUSHARAF “

            • Muhammad Aamir

              Brother! Just tell me, Is India free from terrorism? The answer is NO! It’s a game of attention. Why does the government keep the budget of education at the lowest level? Because the government doesn’t want the public from being educated. The more the people educate, the more knowledge they will have about the government. I give you a real example, a rich person has a servant and the servant has a son, live in the same house. The rich person can easily afford the education expenditure of the boy. But he doesn’t want? Why? Because he thinks if I make him educated, who will be my next servant? The same goes for the government. By the way, blaming the governemtn has no gain because we all know the government will be same as per deeds of the people of the nation.

              • Ahmed Habib

                Disagree w/ your points. But also agree to your last point.

                I done metriculation from a govt school, fee was 7 rupees per month, that is 84 rupees per year. So, you blame govt? Why dont yiu blame yourself to not sending your child to school? Because your mind is poluted towards richness. You wanna show people that you can afford beacon house. If you have less money to afford high end school system you will simply not send your child to a govt school because it is against you grace.

                Well, I am proud that I studied in a govt school andbI am proud i paid 7 rupees fee there. I am glad I wasn’t there in root systems etc. Today I am glad i earn 200K per month.

                • Muhammad Aamir

                  My child!!! LOL!!! I’m just a pre-medical student, Uncle!!. I’ve been also a student of government school (FG) from 1 to 10th. Now, I’m a student of APSACS at a college level. It was all my opinion!! I’m wrong!! I accept!!

  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

    I wish propti or propak do the same for next 3 years

  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

    ‏عوام ن لیگ کے پیش کئے ہوئے بجٹ سے اتنی تنگ آگئی کہ منڈی بہاؤالدین اور گلگت بلتستان میں شیر پر ٹھپے لگا کر اپنا غصہ نکالا ???

  • According to some resources (sorry, can’t disclose here), Punjab Govt will take back these Taxes soon.

    • Ahmed Habib

      Then aamir ko ar par lag jaen gy k us ki wja sy sb hua… same imran khan ki trah. Kambkht ny Pakistan ky 5 mahiny zaya krwaye apni jhoti ana ky lye

  • Ahmed Habib

    Meny to defend kia ap hi ko gf bht chahye hy

  • Ahmed Habib

    Lolx, next election phr Imran Khan dhandhli ka rona roye ga ;-)

  • Raja Amer Khan

    Why so much hatred for Aamir? Either you lot are jealous of him or you are just trying to provoke him to take some action so that you all can bash him again. What he is doing is great. I do not want to see him as our current TV Lifafa journalists.

  • Muhammad Aamir

    If he does it’s better to tell a lie.

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  • Abdur Rehman

    Govt should not do this

  • Muhammad Yasir

    THIS is why i HATE pakistan…