Turn on the television in Pakistan and pretty soon, you will be bombarded with advertisements by one of country’s largest smartphone manufacturers. QMobile has become a renowned name in Pakistan for offering cost-effective mobile handsets and smartphones that compete with the bigger brands out there.
The reason for QMobiles success is strategic marketing by using some of the best known celebrities out there and keeping prices low for the average consumer.
According to an Urdu newspaper in Pakistan, Khabrain, QMobile manufacturer has been blacklisted by Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for having paid millions of rupees in production of advertisements, but not a single rupee in taxes.
Sources revealed that QMobile has been blacklisted for the evasion of PKR 520 million in taxes. It has also been shared that PKR 300 million was paid to Indian actors and actresses for their work in QMobile advertisements.
Some of these are highly well known and have reportedly taken PKR 100 million each. They are Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Arjun Singh, Ranvir Singh and Jacqueline Fernandez.
QMobile on the Radar for Mobile Smuggling in Pakistan
Not only is Digicom, the manufacturer of QMobile, on the radar for tax evasion. The company has also allegedly been smuggling its mobile phones into the country by misusing a green channel. QMobile smartphones are also claimed to not have proper IMEI numbers, which are commonly used to track and disable mobile phones from accessing a network.
The biggest surprise of all comes in the form of QMobile also having allegedly received PKR 740 million in the name of tax refunds.
Could all of this tax evasion have been the reason why QMobile smartphones are priced so low? Who knows. But there should be strict implementation of tax regulations on QMobile and a check on all other manufacturers/retailers in the country as well.
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Not QMobile’s First Time Getting Heat
Digging up QMobile’s history, it is interesting to see that this has been a reoccurring issue with one of Pakistan’s most prominent smartphone brands.
Similar issues have been raised in 2014 and 2015, during which millions in tax money was evaded and FBR/Customs teams raided offices of the company to arrest QMobile chief, Mr. Zeeshan Akthar. Mr. Akthar is also owner of Digicom and CEO of QMobile.
The newspaper also made claims of QMobile only having a license to important mobile phones into the country and not manufacture them. It continues to add that bribery was paid in order to secure approval to do that.
Seems like there is much more to this story than meets the eye. Hopefully we will learn more about it as the story continues to develop. QMobile has not yet made any official statements in regards to this and could be doing so in the coming days.
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