On Friday, two Chinese passengers found a unique way to register their protest on the floor at Islamabad International Airport against the customs duties they were charged to bring in several cell phones in Pakistan. The episode took place after the two Chinese men Lian Zhehfu and Lei Zhentao landed in Islamabad via China Southern Airlines flight CZ6007 from Urumqi.
The two men were stopped at a customs counter after they left the aircraft. Since they carried six cell phones, they were charged $285 in duties and taxes on four of the cell phones. According to the new mobile tax policy announced by the government, foreign visitors and travelers returning to Pakistan are entitled to a duty-free device; for any additional device, they are required to pay the applicable taxes for service beyond 30 days in the country.
After the payment of the amount, however, the two Chinese passengers were at the exit door of the international arrival lounge to protest the duty charged. They took the position that they should not have to pay the duty each time they bring more than one cell phone because they travel to Pakistan several times a year. The pair only stopped their protest after the airport security staff informed them that their concerns would be communicated to the relevant ministry.