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Govt addresses mobile blockage issue of overseas Pakistanis with new system

An important meeting was recently held at the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Headquarters which focused on facilitating overseas Pakistanis and foreign nationals on their use of imported mobile phones in Pakistan.

A new integrated system is under consideration in which the immigration data of the non resident Pakistani will be exchanged among the FBR, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The new system would be connected with the FIA’s record of entry and exit of passengers where the agency will verify that the passenger has entered Pakistan and his phone would be activated.

Furthormore, the said person will be allowed to use the imported mobile phones for 120 days with one SIM which is double from the current period of 60 days.

Currently, after 60 days, the phone is not operational unless he pays the due amount of taxes for the regularization of the said device.

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Under the new system, the overseas Pakistanis would register one number on their mobile phone. The foreigner can also register their phone through their passport numbers linked with the FIA data.

The immigration staff would enter the data of incoming passengers including overseas Pakistanis and foreigners and the passengers can avail the facility of registration and subsequently using the phones for 120 days period.

However, if the overseas Pakistanis or foreigners would leave the country before 120 days, the phone of the outgoing passenger would become disabled.

Presently, After 60 days of validity, the phone will not receive any services. However, if overseas Pakistani plan to visit Pakistan again with the same mobile, its 60 days period will not be renewed.

The applicant must apply for ‘temporary registration’ by entering their credentials and device IMEIs via PTA’s Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS).

As per FBR policy, there is no discount on device registration within 60 days. However, an applicant who wants to register a device after 60 days of traveling into Pakistan or is a local applicant and wants to register a device with CNIC will have to pay additional tax/duty.

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