All five cellphone operators have been named in the tax evasion case. – File photo by Creative Commons
All five cellphone operators have been named in the tax evasion case. – File photo by Creative Commons

ISLAMABAD: Five cellular mobile operators (CMOs) have requested Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf to direct the National Accountability Bureau to stop what they said media trial and harassment of telecom companies in the country.

The NAB is investigating the cases relating to the alleged evasion of Rs47 billion by the five telecom operators. The CMOs claim that they have paid the due taxes.

In a letter sent to the prime minister dated July 13, the companies requested the premier for a hearing opportunity to present their point of view. “There is no factor of corruption or loss to government exchequer,” the letter said, a copy of which was made available to Dawn on Monday.

It said that no tax is due on interconnect, as it was mere tax sharing of revenue on which tax has been collected/deposited on gross amount by each telecom operator from whose network the call was initiated.

The letter explained that the notification issued by the Revenue Division on June 30, 2012 was to give waiver from procedural matters to the telecom sector. “In the past similar waivers from procedures for taxpayers were also issued by the FBR,” it claimed.

Updated Jul 23, 2012 09:04pm

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m.y.saleem
Jul 25, 2012 02:34am
in pakistan ,no body knows what is right or wrong.we read in newspapers that the mobile companies looted 47 billion of tax revenue and within few days everything will be washed out as nothing happened.everybody says that there is corruption worth 500 billion in pakistan but no action.nab chairman was only bothered to get his plot in islamabad as if he was homeless in pakistan. this is democracy in our country.
Ali
Jul 25, 2012 06:10am
Media Trial! Is media really covering it properly?