In a recent press conference, information minister Fawad Chaudhary announced that the government will be blocking all illegally imported in Pakistan phones by 31st December.
In October 2018, the government announced that all smartphones which were imported in the country through illegal means will no longer work after a certain deadline (20th October). Phones which were already imported and were being use got registered automatically through DIRBS Verification System. The date was extended on the request of phone dealer until further notice but now the government has finally decided to block operation of all smuggled phones by the end of this year.
Although the government will allow used phones to be imported into the country, these phones will have to be brought through proper channels in order from them to function normally. Phones which are already imported through illegal means will not be allowed to operate after 31st December. “The cabinet decided to impose a ban on new mobile phones to be smuggled into the country after Dec 31,” said information minister Fawad Chaudhary in a press conference.
This step is being taken to make sure that proper tax is being paid to the government as phones constitute a major portion of imports in Pakistan especially smartphones. According to Fawad Chaudhary, mobile phones worth around Rs 2.5 billion are illegally brought to the country every year causing the government to bear huge loses.
There is no news on whether phones which are already imported will be registered automatically in Pakistan or the consumers will have to get them registered manually. We will keep you posted.