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New ride hailing app launched in Karachi


When you think ride-hailing or taxi app, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Careem or Uber. However, that might be changing soon for Karachiites with Siayara. Siayara is a new online taxi service that will cater to people looking for inexpensive transport in the city.

According to their website:

“Siayara is one of the leading car-hailing services in Pakistan aiming to build trust by providing transparency and hassle free service to Passengers and Pilots. Siayara believe in making a difference in Pakistan by creating employment opportunities for every individual willing to earn a living for his/her family”.

Syed Aamir Hussain, Director Siayara, says it is the first of its kind ride-hailing service that is primarily based in Pakistan and seeks to provide cheaper transport in the city.

Hussain said, “Initially, we have started with 2,000 cars divided into four categories – eco-mini, eco-, eco-plus, and eco-business – with reasonable fares,” adding that there aren’t any peak factor or hidden charges on the rides plus it’s a 24-hour service.

Hussain, while comparing Siayara’s rates with its competitors, said that when using an eco-mini vehicle, a minimum of PKR 15 per kilometer will be charged, which is PKR 3-4 less compared what other services charge for the same car type.

For the other modes, such as eco the base rate is Rs. 17/km, eco-plus costs Rs. 18/km and eco-business will cost you Rs. 26/km. The price difference of PKR 3-4 also applies for the other car types, said Hussain.

Hussain said that after a few months, the organization aims to introduce a motorcycle service as well.

The app is now available on Google Play Store and an iOS app is soon to be launched for Apple’s iPhone users.

Mobile users get relief as operational and service charges on card loads are dropped


Mobile phone companies operating in Pakistan have withdrawn operational and service charges on card loads and balance transfers, we have confirmed with our sources.

According to details, as confirmed by an official of a telecom company, mobile phone users are now going to get around Rs. 88 after loading an Rs. 100 card. Previously this amount was around Rs. 77 when mobile phone users loaded an Rs. 100 card.

Apparently, this move was triggered by a Supreme Court order that reverted mobile phone taxes to July 2018 levels.

You might recall that the former Chief Justice of Pakistan had ordered to remove all kinds of taxes and service charges on mobile card loads, however, this decision was reversed last month and taxes on telecom services were restored. Now, telecom companies have been asked to not charge any service or operational fee for card loads.

It must be mentioned here that 12.5% withholding tax and 19.5% FED is still applicable as before and will be deducted from mobile card recharge as usual.