LAHORE- Chief Minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif has declared to withdraw the internet tax which had been levied through a statutory regulatory order, (SRO).
The Punjab government has seemingly succumbed to the pressure of social media and made this decision, as the SRO invited a huger back lash from the internet users. Hundreds of websites have known to be waging a blackout campaign against the order and have been demonstrating a message “Don’t tax the internet” since the order has been promulgated.
The Punjab administration had declared to impose 19.5% tax on all kinds of internet usage for those whose monthly bills range to 1,500 or above, on the broadband speeds amounting 2Mbps and above, and on the 3G, 4G, DSL, EVO, fiber etc.
The Finance Minister, Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha made the announcement regarding the withdrawal of Internet tax while giving her budget 2015-2016 speech in Punjab Assembly.
President of the Information Communication and Technology Think Tank (ICT3), Sohaib Sheikh greeted the Punjab government decision, expressing his views that withdrawing 19.5% tax on internet services demonstrate that government has given due respect to the digital community and telecom sector.
“The Punjab government will witness the data growth momentum in days to come since the fear is over after this tax being revoked,” he says.
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