PTA Is Convincing Pubjab Govt To Withdraw Tax On Data / Internet

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is convincing Punjab government to withdraw recently imposed taxes on data services and broadband internet, which will adversely impact the expansion of 3G/4G/ LTE services in the province.

Speaking exclusively with ProPakistani in the sideline of 8th Pakistan TELECON 2015, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Dr. Ismail Shah said PTA has approached Punjab government directly to explain them that taxes on data services will not bode well for entire telecom sector and consumers of the province.

Also Read: Punjab Slaps 3G/4G, Imposes 19.5% Taxes on Internet Usage

“We are also working to convince the provincial government of Punjab through Ministry of IT and Telecommunication (MoITT) to convince them the generation of (tax-able) hundreds of billion of rupees in revenues with tax free internet rather than taxing internet at the core itself and blocking all the economic activities altogether”, said Dr. Shah.

PTA Gets into Play, Opposes Punjab’s Taxes on Internet 

Chairman PTA said that the recent imposition of taxes on data services and broadband internet is not good for the growth of telecom sector, which could impede the penetration of 3G/4G/LTE services, particularly in the province of Punjab and in whole country in general.

“I hope that government will listen to our explanation that we are providing to them with different aspects, and ultimately it will take action in the interest of the public and telecom sector”, Dr Shah added.

Also Read: Internet Taxes by Punjab can Cause National Economy Up to Rs. 200 Billion in Losses

The network expansion of Next Generation of Technologies by operators is impressive and surpassed the obligatory targets that were set in license terms, in addition the customers’ acquisition is amazingly good showing high public demand for the utility of 3G and 4G services.

“I believe the deployment of fiber optic should be expedited in different district at faster pace to ensure availability of internet in maximum cities of the country. In this regard, special subsidies should be provided to companies for deploying optic fiber is far flung areas of different provinces”, Mr. Shah concluded.


  • Zahid Iqbal

    Let see, Punjab Govt. will listen PTA chairman or Punjab Govt. intend to change PTA Chairman :)

    • Ahmad

      chairman change ho ga ya wo apna hissa le ker chup ho jaye ga yahi hota hai Pakistan mei

  • Azi

    let see

  • Zaki Uddin

    what about other provinces?

    • kham

      Sir, Pakistan = Punjab

      Whether it’s govt. Or propakistani, this relation holds true.

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        I must say i quite agree with it…

      • Zaki Uddin

        lol punjab protested, others should follow

  • asimzeeshan

    The title reads “PTA Is Convincing Pubjab Govt To Withdraw Tax On Data / Internet”

    “Pubjab” should be “Punjab”, typo in title as well as SEF URL

  • Amir

    Such taxes are already imposed since 2 years in SINDH. PTA chairman sb Punjab is not pakistan other provinces are also a part of pakistan.