Startup Hopes Dashed by Economic Challenges in Pakistan

Pakistan is a country known for its fleeting moments of success, often followed by prolonged periods of hardship. This trend is evident across various aspects of life, from cricket victories to democratic gains. Unfortunately, the startup ecosystem in Pakistan is no exception. While there are occasional pieces of good news, they are typically overshadowed by […]

TikTok Removes 20 Million Videos in Pakistan for Breaking Rules

ISLAMABAD: TikTok, the popular social media platform, announced on Monday that it has removed more than 20 million videos in Pakistan during the first quarter of 2024. These videos were taken down for violating the platform’s community guidelines. Swift Action Against Violations In its Community Guidelines Enforcement Report for the first quarter of 2024, TikTok […]

PTA Suggests New Rules for YouTube, Netflix, and WhatsApp in Pakistan

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has proposed a new rule that could change how popular services like YouTube, Netflix, and WhatsApp operate in Pakistan. This rule would require these services to register locally within the country. The information about this new rule can be found in a 14-page document available on the PTA website. What […]

Pakistani Startup DealCart Raises $3 Million to Transform Shopping Experience

On Thursday, DealCart, a social e-commerce startup from Pakistan, announced the successful raising of $3 million in seed funding. This funding round was led by Shorooq Partners, which operates in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and UK-based Sturgeon Capital. Who Invested in DealCart? Apart from the leading investors, the funding round also […]

Banks Start Charging New Taxes on Netflix Subscriptions in Pakistan

In Pakistan, watching Netflix just became more expensive. The Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) has introduced new taxes on the popular streaming service, and banks are now responsible for collecting these fees from users. This follows a similar move last year when banks were made to deduct provincial sales tax on advertisement services. Let’s dive into […]

Saudi Arabia Simplifies Visa Process for Pakistani Tourists

Saudi Arabia, a favorite travel spot for many Pakistanis, has made it easier for them to get tourist visas. Now, Pakistani travelers just need to show a bank statement proving they have at least USD 750 (or its equivalent) available each month. This change takes effect immediately. Jump in Pakistani Tourists Visiting Saudi Arabia The […]

Why Pakistan’s IT Sector is Falling Behind

During the early 2000s, Pakistan’s tech companies were busy with projects like automating tasks, creating websites, and developing software for various purposes. However, after the 9/11 incident, many international orders were canceled, causing numerous Pakistani software houses to shut down. Many skilled IT professionals left the country for better opportunities abroad. At the same time, […]

How Pakistan is Using Technology to Make Banking Better

Pakistan is making a big change in how people use money and banks. They are using technology to make things faster, easier, and safer. This change is called the Digital Finance Revolution.   More Digital Payments Many people in Pakistan are now using digital payments, which means using phones or computers to pay for things […]