Mobile phone service providers have started implementing a Supreme Court order to remove service/maintenance charges on pre-paid cellular scratch cards, said the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The mobile phone service providers used to collect 10 per cent service/maintenance charges which are now eliminated in view of the Supreme Court’s April 24 order.
“In the light of the Supreme Court’s order, the administrative charges have been abolished,” said the PTA spokesperson.
Users will now receive Rs88.9 on Rs100 mobile scratch card compared with Rs76.94 previously.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) officials have informed that service/maintenance charges amounting to Rs12.9 will no longer applicable on users. Officials added that there is a 12.5% withholding and 19.5% sales tax on the scratch cards.
On June 11, 2018, a three-judge SC bench headed by the former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar suspended tax collection on mobile cards.
On April 24, the top court disposed of the suo motu case regarding deduction of taxes on the top-up of prepaid mobile phone cards and restored taxation suspended by the Justice Nisar-led bench