On Thursday, IT Minister Syed Aminul Haque announced that the Ministry of Finance has agreed to develop a method for payments against the tech giant’s app services, allaying fears that Google’s paid services will be shut down in Pakistan.
Google Play Store In Pakistan
As the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) had discontinued the direct carrier billing (DCB) system, it was previously anticipated that Google Play Store services would no longer be accessible to Pakistani users after December 1.
Due to the limited credit card options, users would have had to use their bank cards to access the services, and the majority won’t be able to download apps from the Google Play Store.
Since the action would inconvenience customers, the telecom ministry, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), and cellular service providers had approached the SBP to request that the decision be reversed.
However, the Ministry of Finance has accepted a proposal “with regard to developing an effective mechanism and making payment against the Google App services,” according to a statement made today by Syed Aminul Haque, Minister of Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunication.
Syed Amin Ul Haque said that the State Bank of Pakistan had been directed to delay the implementation of the Direct Carrier Billing (#DCB) policy for one month.@MIshaqDar50 @StateBank_Pak @Zongers @PTCLOfficial @GooglePlay— Ministry of IT & Telecom (@MoitOfficial) December 1, 2022
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