Chief Justice Proposes to Restore Tax on Prepaid Mobile Cards

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar is mulling over re-imposition of tax on prepaid mobile top ups so that a certain amount of money could be generated for dam funds every month.

He was speaking at a fundraiser hosted by UK Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in London.

CJP said he was against the idea of imposing any additional tax on the nation to collect funds for the construction of Diamir-Bhasha dam.

He, however, put forward a suggestion to re-impose the tax on prepaid mobile recharge and the income generated through this, would go to the dam fund every month.


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“It will not be appropriate to impose taxes to collect funds for the construction of dams; however, we had earlier suspended the withholding tax on the top-up of prepaid cards by cellphone service providers and learnt that through this Rs. 3 billion were saved per month.” – Chief Justice Saqib Nisar

He asked his countrymen to give their views about the proposal so that the funds for the dams could be collected at the earliest.

He said the previous government showed criminal negligence towards the building of dams, due to which we are facing water scarcity throughout the country.

CJP lambasted the water mafia in Karachi and said it was the metropolis’ water issue that made him realize how worse the situation has gone in Karachi.

Chief Justice said building dams in Pakistan was so crucial that ‘dams should be built on every inch of the Indus River.’

Justice Saqib Nisar was hopeful that one day all the provinces would be on the same page for the construction of Kalabagh Dam.

He also pledged to make good use of every penny the nation has entrusted to him for dam funds even after his retirement.

“These funds are a loan from the nation and I will hand them over to a trustworthy man before leaving,” he said.


  • zubair

    Please change the name of KALABAGH DAM TO BENAZIR BHUTTO DAM OR ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO DAM.

    • OfflineMinds

      mera bacha wjah?

      • Wja yeh k isss naam k badlnay se bhutto ko zinda mannay walay aitraz nhi karen gay

    • C

      F*** Benazir Bhutto and f*** Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Nothing but corrupt pieces of sh*t.

      • Netherdrake

        Benazir wasn’t that corrupt but agree on Zulfiqar

        • C

          You’ve got it the other way around. Zulfiqar didn’t marry Mr. 10% and give him tremendous power in his government; he used that power to ask for 10% in every government contract and got notorious for it. ZB didn’t give a start to the monster that’s Zardari these days, Benazir did.

          Don’t take it from me, look up the article: Mr. 10%, Our Man in Islamabad by Eric Margolis. He was personally in contact with Benazir throughout her life and even he thinks she’s dirty.

  • IRFAN HAIDER

    If its for DAM purpose, its a noble cause…. We are on front foot Sir CJP. Please implement it. Thanks

  • Hassan ulHaq

    yeah yeah now charge tax because elections are over now its time to end chor chor and starts new level of theft…. chief justice is puppet of establishment and now doing everything in his power to make sure the government survives.

  • Kaka

    Hassan Bhai apka comment to delete ho gya lekin aap phir bhe bta do kia phir kia karien Pakistani? Olx per laga dien mulk ko ya pani ka masla aap hal kr kay do gai?

  • AbdulB1

    Tell me where the money from universal fund went?

  • C

    Chief Justice Saqib “U Turn” Nisaar

  • Naru-hudo

    For greater cause “Yes”.

  • the Man with no Name?

    only on above Rs.100 top ups per day per number, Yes
    up to Rs.100 per day top ups should be exempt from any taxes.

  • the Man with no Name?

    only on above Rs.100 top ups per day per number, Yes
    up to Rs.100 per day top ups should be exempt from any taxes.

  • Hassam Tahir

    Does the CJ know how taxation works?