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Tax-free mobile phone service launched for overseas Pakistanis

Tax-free mobile phone service introduced for overseas Pakistanis

Prime Minister (PM) Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the Online Temporary Mobile Phone Registration system for overseas Pakistanis and foreign nationals under which the applicant will be granted 120 days without payment of customs duties.

The system will enable overseas Pakistanis and foreign nationals to avail of this facility to use their personal phones while visiting Pakistan. They can apply and avail accessible registration facility of 120 days on each visit to Pakistan.

Overseas Pakistanis, students studying abroad, labour working abroad and foreign nationals visiting Pakistan for tourism or business purposes can benefit from this facility.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, PM Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistani youth is making significant progress in Information Technology (IT).

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He pointed out ‘immense opportunities’ in the sector and said the people of Pakistan should not let them waste. He said his government has allocated sufficient funds in the current budget for different programmes for youth.

The prime minister further said that Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) has also been constituted in Pakistan to attract foreign investment and revive the country’s economy.

Dubbing SIFC a programme of economic recovery, he said IT Ministry has a key role in achieving the goals set in this regard. He stressed the need to promote IT parks in the country to enhance IT exports.

To further facilitate the overseas Pakistanis, the Prime Minister said that a non-financial package will be announced for them in the next few days.

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