Pakistan

Cellular companies thank govt for relief in taxes

ISLAMABAD: Cellular companies operating in the country have thanked the government for extending outstanding support to the telecommunication industry in seeking relief on various tax issues in the Federal Budget 2017-18

In a joint letter written to Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman, the telecom companies including PTCL, Jazz, Telenor, Ufone and Zong thanked the minister for making concerted efforts to promote the telecom industry in the country.

They said it was the result of the collaborative efforts made by the Ministry and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), under the leadership of Anusha Rehman, that the industry had been granted some relief on Withholding Tax and Federal Excise Duty.

The companies said the telecom industry had always been encouraged by the incumbent government’s progressive and empowering support, which was acknowledged by all stakeholders.

“This is just the start of creating a positive enabling environment for the sector. There are still some outstanding taxation issues that will require us to work together. As you very kindly offered, and as the finance minister stated during his budget speech, we request your continued support for raising the harmonization of tax issues with the provinces.”

They said the model of public-private collaboration, set up by the ministry, would be a source of mutual benefit to the government, the industry and ultimately to the people.

They vowed to work together and continue the journey of creating a flourishing ‘Digital Pakistan.’

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