LHC halts levy on overseas phone calls

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has suspended the federal government’s notice of a new tax on incoming international calls.

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Published: Fri 26 Oct 2012, 11:44 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 1:27 PM

The petitioner who raised this issue in the LHC had claimed that the federal government had unconstitutionally and without notifying any competent commission, levied this tax through an executive order.

Justice Aijazul Hasan ordered on Thursday for stopping implementation on this notification and issued notices to the federal government and all concerned authorities for written statements to be presented on Nov. 5.

The government’s decision to impose a hefty tax on incoming telephone calls from overseas had triggered a heated debate in the upper house of parliament with senators belonging to both sides of the aisle categorically rejecting the tax as a burden on overseas Pakistanis.


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