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PayPal isn’t coming to Pakistan because of ‘internal issues’

SAMAA | - Posted: May 17, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: May 17, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
PayPal isn’t coming to Pakistan because of ‘internal issues’

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PayPal isn’t coming to Pakistan because of its “internal issues”, announced Information Technology Secretary Maroof Afzal during a Senate Standing Committee on IT briefing on Thursday.  

The US-based financial services company is an online money transfer system used by individuals and businesses to make payments. For example, a consumer can purchase his favourite book from if he has a PayPal account. However, the services were not available in Pakistan.

“We are still talking to PayPal,” Afzal said.

Related: Asad Umar wants PayPal in Pakistan, gives IT ministry four months to do so

Senator Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh suggested that Pakistan can sign a public-private partnership with PayPal instead.

Afzal said that they are also in talks with Alipay and Google.

Shaikh remarked that the Universal Services Fund representatives should be told about the problems being faced by those who freelance.

“We conducted a survey of those who freelance and found out that they have been facing a lot of problems,” remarked Afzal.

Related: Asad Umar committed to bringing PayPal to Pakistan

Senator Rehman Malik pointed out that one of the problems being faced by Pakistan is the lack of credit checking. “We were given details of 200 bank accounts with suspicious transactions. The IT ministry should implement the system of credit checking.”

In October 2018, former finance minister Asad Umar asked the IT ministry to form a task force to either convince PayPal to come to Pakistan or work on launching a home-grown online payment system.

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  1. Avatar
      Anonymous  July 27, 2019 7:27 pm/ Reply

    im a web developer we are waiting for paypal to come pakistan because we face alot of problem to accept payment online. and lost alot of business . please bring paypal in pakistan thanks

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      Ilma Farooq  August 1, 2019 3:42 am/ Reply

    Yes, it’s high time already. We essentially need PayPal service in Pakistan in the era where many of us have taken freelancing as a full time career. Absence of PayPal results in many lost opportunities in the international working gigs and clientele. Since most of the employers prefer this payment method, we need to support the economy by facilitating freelance workers accordingly.

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      Anonymous  August 3, 2019 8:15 pm/ Reply

    pls bring paypal in pakistan.

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      Anonymous  August 6, 2019 7:41 pm/ Reply

    Please bring paypal to pakistan we are facing issues in our working regarding the inline transactions.


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      Muhammad Abubakar  August 13, 2019 2:36 pm/ Reply

    If we are much behind then paypal is also one of that reason which isn’t available yet.just because these are the little things by getting them we grow, but if we left or ignore the those necessary little things we may behind from the world. It is universal truth we should speedup the process..

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      Rashid from Hall Road, Lahore.  August 19, 2019 3:06 pm/ Reply

    It is Much required now to increase growth in economics of Pakistan, which is not good. So we should adopt paypal services. we request you to bring this service at anyhow.

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      Imran  September 4, 2019 3:08 am/ Reply

    It is much needed service in Pakistan as Pakistan is the 4th most growing country in freelancing worldwide. We need paypal in Pakistan.

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      Albeeb Mazaan  September 16, 2019 4:08 am/ Reply

    It’s a shame we don’t have PayPal yet. It’s another embarrassing thing for our country to not have another popular international service. I wonder what other countries feel about this every time we tell them we can’t buy from you because we don’t have PayPal in our country.

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      Muhammad Moosa  October 16, 2019 7:52 am/ Reply

    PayPal is fine source of fund transfer for freelance professionals. Pakistan has a wide range of talented people who can perform tasks as per international standard. I also appreciate the step taken by govt and we should convince them for betterment.

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