The Government of Pakistan has set
up duty on bringing cell phones from
abroad to Pakistan. Individuals traveling
to Pakistan can now carry only one cell phone a year. For more than one, they
shall pay import duty. The people can
bring in only 5 mobile phones a year from abroad and that too by paying the
import duties. The cell phones which won’t be cleared by the customs will not
attain cellular services after 30 days of arrival.
This new rule, however, wasn’t
welcomed at all by two Chinese Men who came to Pakistan. They were holding 6
cell phones and the import duty levied on them was $285. The men, Lei Zhentao
and Lian Zhenfu, had arrived at the Islamabad International Airport on Friday,
25th January. They were given details about the new laws and
policies and notified that they must pay $285 so that the mobile phones would
The men were disgusted by the new
policies and thereby came up with a new idea of protesting against the policy.
They laid down on the floors of the New Islamabad International Airport. Their
new way of protest blocked the exit of the
international arrivals lounge. Also, people and the officials got their
glimpse within no time and they were the center of attention at the Airport.
Their innovative protest was soon
over as the Airport Security Staff (ASF) personnel warned them continuously of
the aftermaths of their behavior and when their fellow countrymen came to
rescue by paying off the customs duty.