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Govt to block mobile phone SIMs of over 500,000 non-filers


A person reads newspaper whereas promoting betel depart, cigarettes and candies in a store in Karachi. — Reuters/File

In a strong motion towards non-filers amid the prevailing monetary disaster being confronted by the cash-strapped nation, the federal government on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the telecom corporations to dam cell phone SIMs of over 500,000 non-filers.

In an announcement, the Federal Board of Income (FBR) stated: “In train of the powers conferred underneath part 114B of the Earnings Tax Ordinance, 2001, the FBR is happy to concern this Earnings Tax Common Order (ITGO) to disable the cell phone SIMs in respect of following individuals who will not be showing on lively taxpayer checklist however are liable to file the Earnings Tax Return for Tax Yr 2023 underneath the provisions of the Earnings Tax Ordinance, 2001.

The event got here a day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif hinted at endeavor “huge financial reforms” on the particular assembly of the World Financial Discussion board (WEF) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Talking on the closing plenary of a particular assembly of the WEF, the premier vowed to introduce deep-rooted reforms and undertake significant austerity to steer the nation out of the financial disaster.

The FBR requested the PTA and all telecom operators to make sure compliance with the Earnings Tax Common Order (ITGO) with quick impact.

“The cell SIMs in respect of the above-mentioned people will stay blocked till restored by FBR or the Commissioner Inland Income having jurisdiction of the individual.”

The tax assortment physique additional stated: “The compliance report on this regard is to be furnished to the FBR on Might 15.”


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