PESHAWAR: The taxes on all mobile phones which were suspended by former Chief Justice have been renewed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday. The apex court said that they will not interfere in this matter.

The short order is issued by a three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa while hearing a case relating to the advance tax on mobile cards in the country.

Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa maintained that the top court will not to interfere in the matters of public revenue and tax collection by the federal government authorities.

The former Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had taken notice of the high levy charged on mobile phone cards in the country as he asked under which law Rs 40 were being deducted from Rs 100 mobile cards.

Thus, while completing the ‘suo motu’ case the court also inserted the stay order placed on the collection of mobile phone taxes. The Chief Justice had remarked that “If every citizen is able to pay tax and if a cartman would go to the Income Tax Commissioner to get a refund on mobile phone card he had loaded.”

The former top judge has observed that the government should act honestly on the tax matters and stressed that tax procedures should be made easy for citizens so that it could be determined by identity cards as to who was a taxpayer and who was not.

At that time, as per some reports, on the charge of Rs 100 pre-paid mobile card, a 19.5 per cent Federal Excise Duty (FED) was charged along with 12.5 per cent withholding tax and 10 per cent service/maintenance charge. The lawyer for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in the court that Rs90 billion tax was not collected due to suspension tax collection by the apex court.

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