Pakistan will continue to offer Google Play Store services
Islamabad: To prevent the impending suspension of Google Play Store payment services in Pakistan, the Finance Ministry has agreed to unblock payments to foreign service providers, including Google.
Information Technology and Telecom Minister Aminul Haque said this while addressing the media after holding talks with the concerned officials.
When news broke that paid Google Play Store services would not be available to Pakistani users from December 1, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) blocked payments worth $34 million by blocking the Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) method.
Later, the central bank denied media claims that it was withholding some payments to Google, calling them “baseless and misleading”.
The SBP said that due to violations by telcos, it has taken several steps to assist domestic firms. According to Mr. Haque, the SBP has been instructed by the Finance Minister to release payments to service providers on time.
“The central bank has also been ordered to delay by one month the most recent policy on payment for premium services on the Google Play Store.”
He said that the telecom companies have been given one month’s time to set up the new payment system as per the guidelines of SBP. Finance minister Ishaq Dar received praise from the IT minister for his quick decision.