–Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Syed Zulfikar Hussain Bukhari said he had asked Mr Azhar to at least allow two duty-free cellphones
ISLAMABAD: After facing heavy criticism from overseas Pakistani’s regarding the government’s new mobile import policy, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Syed Zulfikar Hussain Bukhari said he had requested the Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar to permit two duty-free phones to be brought.
In a tweet on Saturday, Mr Bukhari said, “Owing to the huge amount of feedback about regulation on phones, I have requested Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar to lower tax on cell phones and at least allow two duty-free phones. We are listening to overseas Pakistani’s and will do our best to facilitate Pakistani’s around the world.”
He said he was confident of getting a positive response from the revenue ministry and reiterated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s resolve to extend maximum facilities to overseas Pakistanis, adding, “I am very much concerned about issues being faced by Pakistani expatriates and will continue making all-out efforts to redress their grievances.”
On 11th December, the Minister of State for Revenue, Finance and Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar had unveiled the new mobile tax policy for people travelling from abroad and how it will function.
Mr Azhar had highlighted people using their phones on roaming while staying in Pakistan won’t require to pay any duty/registration if the time period is less than thirty days.