Notice on mobile card fleecing welcomed, consumer rights to be protected: Altaf Shakoor

Karachi, May 04, 2018 (PPI-OT): Notice of the chief justice of Pakistan on 40percent tax on mobile phone cards is warmly welcomed, the government has failed to discharge its duties to protect the consumer rights and now all hopes on pinned on the apex judiciary to dole out justice to the exploited consumers of this country, said Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor.

In a statement here Friday, he said indirect taxes have been slapped on everything from petrol to the cell phone cards and there is no one to take care of the interests of consumers. He appreciated the chief justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for taking notice of 40percent tax on mobile phone cards. He said multinational companies have been given a free hand to repeat the role of the East India Company in Pakistan.

He said to ensure protection of the consumer rights is the duty of government and parliament, but they have failed to discharge this duty. He said the ruling and opposition politicians are busy in leg pulling and trade of accusations instead of serving the masses. He said if everything is to be done by the courts the central and provincial government and parliament should sent packing to save billions of rupees spent every year on the army of bureaucrats and elected representatives, a majority of whom is interested only to maximize their personal wealth though corruption.

He said the Pasban has always taken the issue of consumer rights very seriously and it would do all it can to raise this sensitive issue at every forums. He said the consumer courts are not functioning in the provinces like Sindh which is an excess to the hapless consumers. He demanded to functionalize consumer courts and other forums to save people from exploitation. He said unnecessary charges and taxes on gas, electricity and oil is a mega scam as these companies are extorting trillions of rupees from Pakistani consumers and the government is playing the role of a silent spectator in this regards.

He said the consumers of the megacity Karachi have been exploited by the KE and other utility providers. There is not proper education, civic infrastructure; healthcare and public transport facilities in the megacity. He said Pasban is holding a big ‘Megacity March ‘in Karachi to demand constitutional amendments to give due rights to the megacities of Pakistan, especially Karachi. He said we demand establishment of a government-run university and a teaching hospital in every district of Pakistan, and every town of the megacity Karachi.

He said we also demand that make Karachi a megacity of industries and trade, a home of jobs and an engine of economic growth. He said to end rampant joblessness in the megacity it is necessary to convert Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway and Karachi-Keti Bandar road as economic corridors on the pattern of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

He said if the federal, Sindh and city government of Karachi show seriousness and strong political will to develop Karachi-Hyderabad Economic Corridor and Karachi-Keti Bandar Economic Corridor, not a single person in this province could remain jobless. He thanked the CJP Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for his bold notices on public issues and hoped that the apex judiciary would continue to play this role in future.

For more information, contact:
Press Secretary,
Pasban Pakistan
Pasban Central Secretariat
Office # 9, Five Star Center,
Block 11, University Road, Opp. Ibne Sina Hospital,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-34024480-81
Cell: +92-322-2212434


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