No additional tax to be imposed on telecom sector: Haroon Akhtar

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue Haroon Akhtar Khan has said that no additional tax will be imposed on the telecom sector as the government of Pakistan wants complete growth in this sector.

He stated this while meeting with CEOs and other high-level representatives of telecom companies working in Pakistan here at the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) house on Tuesday.

The delegation of telecom sector comprised of Telenor CEO Irfan Waheed Khan, Ufone VP Corporate Affairs Naveed Khalid Butt, Zong Executive Director Finance Operations Syed Naveed Akhtar, Jazz Chief CRA Ali Naseer, and other high-level representatives. On behalf of the FBR, Chairman FBR Tariq Mahmood Pasha, Member Custom Zahid Khokar, Member IR Policy Dr Mohammad Iqbal and other officers took part in the meeting.

Taxation issues of the telecom industry, proposals for budget 2017-18, withholding tax issues, industrial undertaking for the telecom industry, federal excise duty, sales tax exemption on import were discussed in detail.

Haroon Akhtar Khan assured them that the government of Pakistan wants the growth of this industry as this sector has great ability to succeed. “We want this industry to flourish so that the people of Pakistan get better and better services at their doorstep,” he said.

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