.PK Domain Name is the domain name space for organizations and individuals in Pakistan. PK domain extensions (e.g., com.pk, net.pk, and more) cover the needs of every Pakistani individual, company, institute, government, and education. You should choose the extension that suits you best.
All generic words are allowed, and there is no documentation needed for domain names for individuals and businesses. While for GOV and EDU there are few rules, and documentation is needed.
All domains that are registered under dot PK must belong to one of the following second-level or third-level domains. Domains are registered for two years, and prices for all extensions are the same.
PKNIC offers seven domain extensions that are generic, and anyone can register them as long as the domain name complies with the policy. Domain extensions include
.PK, .COM.PK, .NET.PK, ORG.PK, .FAM.PK, .BIZ.PK, .WEB.PK
Some famous websites using these domains are daraz.pk and olx.com.pk
edu.pk is meant for educational institutions, schools, universities, and colleges either run by the government or in the private sector.
examples include umt.edu.pk
Government domains are offered for federal and provincial governments separately.
For example, finance.gov.pk (federal) and pha.gop.pk (provincial)
Unless the Domain name is not in the list of blocked/ reserved words, you can register any generic name. It will help if you keep the following rules in mind before registering the domain. If rules are not followed and you register an available domain, it will be canceled afterward in review. Please note that all domain name registrations from PKNIC are provisional and subject to review.
length of domain name
The maximum length is 67 characters, including the .pk suffix. There is no minimum character limit for third-level domains (COM.PK, NET.PK, ORG.PK, etc.). It can be as short as z.com.pk. But for second-level domains (domains ending with only .pk), the name should contain at least four characters.
For second-level domain names, these are reserved words.
a. pk domain cannot begin with COM, NET, ORG, GOV, GOP, GOK, EDU, GOB, GOG, GPK, GOS, GOK, and info or www.
For example, GOP-department.pk, and gov-departments.pk are not valid domains, as these contain GOP or gov in the start.
If the domain contains only four letters, it can’t contain any of the above-reserved words (i.e., PKNIC domain extensions) either at the start or end.
For third-level domains, you cannot use only domain extensions. i.e., net.com.pk is not valid.
PK domains can contain a “-” dash character, but not in the beginning.
PK domains cannot contain two consecutive dashes “–.” As these
Domains under the pk namespace cannot be abusive or profane.
Domain registration policy for edu.pk domains.
To register an EDU.PK domain, the following requirements must be met:
The organization must provide proof of accreditation or recognition by the relevant government authority.
The organization must have a valid postal address and contact information within Pakistan.
The education institute must have students enrolled.
The name of the institute must reflect in the domain name.
Letter of authorization from the head of the institute on original letterhead.
Documents to prove that the institute is registered and actively working with students enrolled.
Copy on the national ID card of the signing authority.
The federal government of Pakistan mainly uses GOV.PK.
For provincial governments, the following domain names are used.
The GOP.PK namespace for Government Punjab, GOB.PK for Balochistan, GKP.PK for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, GOS.PK for Sindh, GOG for Gilgit Baltistan and GOK.PK for Azad Jammu & Kashmir is used.
Under certain circumstances, a GOV.PK can be used for a top-level provincial department unique within the province if the province name is prominent in the domain name (for example, Sindh-Hotriculture.gov.pk, etc.).
When a gov.pk or any provincial domain is registered, it is kept inactive by PKNIC authorities. This step is meant to prevent the misuse of government domain names.
The following documents are required to activate federal or provincial government domains.
Authorization letter signed by the head of the department (This power of attorney letter must be on the original official letterhead)
Copy of CNIC of the authority signing the approval letter