Looks like Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) website is out of order because there is no other logical argument to support a tax of Rs. 50,000 (approx.) on a phone that does not cost more than Rs. 1000.
Social media platforms are filled with screenshots of printed challans from PTA’s Mobile registration website showing a tax challan of Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 52,000 for phones worth Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 4,000.
In one of such incidents, a user shared his printed challan’s pictures which ask him to pay Rs. 219,248 as customs duty. Just to make it clear for our readers, the latest iPhone XS Max costs less than that.
The telecommunications authority has been ignoring the cries on social media. Despite several attempts, No PTA official was ready to comment on the matter.
Some of the outrageous complainants are planning to sell their cell phones to their friends or relatives instead of paying the duty.