A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court stating the consumers should get the complete balance from their mobile phone cards.
The petitioner, Advocate Kulsoom Khaliq, maintained that the issue is of public interest. The apex court’s earlier decision to eliminate taxes on the mobile phone cards was in public’s interest. Therefore, the current decision to restore the taxes cannot be sustained under the law.
The petitioner requested the court to restore its previous decision and remove tax deduction on the mobile cards. Notably, the Supreme Court had reinstated taxes on mobile phone cards a week ago.
A three-member bench, with Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, heard the case. The top court withdrew its previous stay order of June 12, 2018, that ordered to abolish all taxes on mobile top-up.
Last year, the then-Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar, issued a written order to all cellular service providers for the suspension of taxes on mobile cards.
The former chief justice ordered to make the necessary arrangements to remove all taxes until a system is introduced to differentiate between the taxpayers and those who do not fall under the tax net.