SC seeks response from federal, provincial governments on high taxes by mobile networks

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan today  ordered the federal government, Federal Board of Revenue and  4 provinces to submit a written response in one week time over the high taxes charged by mobile phone service networks operating in  the country.

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The orders were given as a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar took up its suo motu notice.

As the hearing went under way, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf informed the Supreme Court that the mobile phone companies charge 19.5 per cent sales tax, 10 per cent service charges and 12.5 per cent withholding tax (WHT).

The chief justice remarked that it is not unfair that WHT is being charged in lieu of those who do not pay taxes.

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