Type: Non-profit organization
Industry: Registry, Internet
Founded: 1992
Headquarters: 84 Tipu Block

Garden Town, Lahore

Country: Pakistan

PKNIC is responsible for the administration of .pk, the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) officially assigned to Pakistan.[1]

Its objectives are as follows:[1]

  • To provide an equitable, just and competent technical and administrative management of domain name registration for Internet users in Pakistan.
  • To run uninterrupted DNS service for Root Servers of .PK domain.
  • To eliminate any monopoly, bureaucratic or inefficient, or dominance positions in domain registration management of PK domain (by passing on the "exclusive franchise" delegation by IANA to local companies).
  • To delegate the Policy making function for .PK domain names to the Internet Users and Corporations in Pakistan.


According to the Middle East DNS Study, the .pk registry has listed ongoing security concerns as the reason why they do not publish the WHOIS database. While they want to maintain a transparent system, there are concerns that the database can be abused and the information used to harmful ends. In order to combat this, PKNIC runs a program where one must specifically request and justify the request to obtain information on a registrant.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 About Us, Retrieved 2015 December 21.
  2. Middle East DNS Study, Published 2015 October 13. Retrieved 2015 December 12.