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Overseas Pakistanis must pay duty on extra mobile phones: Fawad Chaudhry

Pakistan is importing mobile phones worth $2b

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 11, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Dec 11, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Pakistan is importing mobile phones worth $2b

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry remarked that Pakistan should start owning its tax culture. 

He clarified that overseas Pakistanis have not been stopped from carrying cellphones to the country. They will have to pay tax if they are carrying extra mobile phones, he wrote on Twitter.

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“We are importing mobile phones worth $2billion. What will happen if we don’t charge tax on them?”

On November 26, Revenue State Minister Hammad Azhar remarked that people travelling to Pakistan will be allowed to bring only five cellphones per year, of which only one will be customs free.


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  1. Waseem  December 11, 2018 4:44 pm/ Reply

    So you mean we overseas Pakistanies pay tax twice? Once here in UAE and then at Pakistani airports.

    So why should we send money to Pakistan ?

  2. Jacko  December 14, 2018 9:12 am/ Reply


  3. Irtaza Ali  December 14, 2018 11:57 am/ Reply

    That is totally 100% wrong decision by the government. This ridiculous decision will no longer be tolerated by the overseas Pakistanis. We shouldn’t set the government on our heads so they will be Unbridled. Pakistani people should get the government under the thumb. The government shouldn’t make the ridiculous and insane decisions without asking people’s consent.

  4. Ahsan rajpoot  December 15, 2018 6:50 am/ Reply

    This is not a good decision .. people who bought a phone worth 50k ,how they paid duty of rs 38k to unblock phone .. better decision is that ,if they charge duty on new cell phones which come from abroad.. not on that phones which are in used in Pakistan

  5. Syed  December 20, 2018 1:55 am/ Reply

    It will not help at all,
    Worse law..
    At least 2 mobiles per pessenger is allowed.
    Everyone carry two mobiles with them one official and one personal!
    Why to pay for own bought or company given phone, while coming to Pakistan!!?
    Not welcoming move at all for overseas Pakistanis

  6. Abdul Qadir  January 9, 2019 3:49 am/ Reply

    Just wanted to comment that I wasn’t expecting such a poorly planned tax agenda where PTI is going to apply a hefty mount of tax on phones. Even on personal phone if one wants to stay more than a month within his OWN CONTRY….. A stupid decision by PTI and it will go against them. People are not stupid. WOW PTI you have made us feel outsider for the first time in our own country.

  7. Anonymous  January 9, 2019 1:10 pm/ Reply

    Hope phones will not be confiscated at airport in Pakistan.

  8. Jonnyzeb  January 18, 2019 12:04 pm/ Reply

    Perhe likhe jahil… i know PTI will be the worst government but they are also brainless… on one side they said Overseas Pakistanis are our only hope for the economy and on other hand they are applying all the burden on them.

  9. Unknown  February 22, 2019 5:02 am/ Reply

    Tax should be apply only for those who import for business not for personal use.

  10. SAJID HUSSAIN  June 1, 2019 3:56 am/ Reply

    […] Government how it’s making laws for personal users

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