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SIM blocking case: FBR and telecom companies fail to reach consensus

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Islamabad (Web Desk) Naji TV reports with reference to informed sources that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and telecom companies have reached a consensus on blocking mobile SIMs of unknown who are non-filers across the country
Sources said that cellular mobile companies refused to block the SIMs of 56,000 taxpayers due to technical and operational constraints.

Sources claimed that in a statement, the telecom companies said there are legal complications in implementing the FBR directive.

Meanwhile, sources quoted FBR officials as saying that there will be another round of negotiations between the mobile operators and the authorities soon.

However, CMOs do not ensure the implementation of FBR directives.

A day ago, Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) called the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) move to block SIMs of non-filers as a violation of the Pakistan Telecommunication Act.
Read more: Blocked mobile SIMs of more than 500,000 citizens who did not file income tax
Telecom companies have written a letter to the Ministry of Information Technology and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) highlighting the concerns and legal hurdles related to the blocking of 5 lakh SIMs of non-files.

The letter emphasized that telecom companies are mandated under the Telecom Act to provide uninterrupted service to consumers. This indicates that the sudden blocking of mobile SIMs is a violation of legal provisions, which may lead to legal action by affected users.

They said the constitutional and legal aspects have not been fully explored in the decision, which threatens the rights of taxpayers and the telecom industry.

The letter emphasizes compliance with the current legal requirements before the elimination of taxes and emphasizes transparency in the implementation of tax laws.

In addition, it called for a massive media campaign to raise awareness about the ban on non-filers, stressing the importance of informed public discourse.

Stressing the need for due process and transparency in the implementation of tax laws, the telecommunications industry urged the FBR to review the Income Tax General Order (ITGO) due to legal complexities and consumer rights.

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