Incoming international calls: PTA questioned on levy of additional tax

Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Monday sought a reply from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on a plea filed by a private company, petitioner in a case against the levy of additional tax on incoming international telephone calls, accusing the authority and FIA of extending illegal harassment.

The petitioner Brain Telecommunication had challenged the additional tax levied by PTA being unlawful and the court had temporarily restrained the government from recovering the impugned tax till the final decision of the court. The company through an application alleged that the FIA and PTA had been extending threats to its management since the court granted it relief against the levy of the tax.

Representing the petitioner – company Barrister Chaudhry Muhammad Umar said the respondents had been pressurising his client to withdraw the petition.However, counsel of FIA, present in the court, rejected the allegation and urged the court to dismiss the plea being baseless. The court adjourned further hearing for next week after a deputy attorney general sought time to file reply.