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Federal Minister for Information and Technology and Telecommunications Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui shared the unfortunate news of PayPal not coming to Pakistan on Thursday.

However, the government is reportedly still in touch with the electronic online payments system company in hope for other alternatives.

During the briefing with the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication, the minister had shed light upon the status of the efforts to bring PayPal to Pakistan.

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Furthermore, Secretary IT Marrof Afzal also added that there are internal issues which have stirred PayPal’s decision of refusing to come to the country. He further added that money laundering related laws have now been tightened and there is tight scrutiny, Pakistan has done its part.

On the occasion, Senator Mohammad Ateeq Sheikh added that PayPal’s decision of not coming to Pakistan comes due to the lack of legal backing. He further enlightened the present individuals that PayPal is an internationally operating payment system however they fear the possibility of money laundering and thus refused the proposal.

He added that the government should provide a sovereign guarantee to the frim and ask them to enter the country on the basis of Public Private Partnership to tackle their worries about the system.

Another issue that the committee witnessed was that the freelance sector was not flourishing the way it should be and there is also a lack of online money transfer practice in the country.

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