RediffPK.com is Still in Pakistani Hands

2 days ago, Indian media had reported that Rediff.Com has won a cyber-squatting case against Daniyal Waseem, who runs Rediffpk.com – claimed as a clone of Indian portal Rediff.com.

Even after two days of these reports, whois info for RediffPK.Com shows that domain is still under the ownership of Danyial Waseem.

Mr. Daniyal had denied such allegations and had said that rediffpk.com was just a data domain to counter Rediff.com’s propagandas.

Today, OARAX Networks (owner of RediffPK.com) issued a statement, which we are pasting below as we received it:

It has been reported by various news organization in India that Rediff.com has won the case against the domain name rediffpk.com which is owned by Orax News Network, we would like to clarify few points regarding the issue.

First of all there is no such case in the office ICANN which is only authorized organization for the allotments of TLD .com .net .org the domain

rediffpk.com is still active and owned by our company, the website Rediff Pakistan has completly different logo and contents and it was clearly mentioned in our disclaimer that this website is separate entity and has no connection with Rediff India.

The main aim of this news website was to counter the propaganda of rediff.com against Pakistani Institutes and we were doing well in that sense and here the problem started, they started threatening us and tried to shut down our website several times.

Earlier, rediff.com.pk was registered with PKNIC and its existence was completely according to the internet laws. There are several examples of identical domain names on different extensions, for instance, Spiegel Online – largest news group of Germnay has domain name spiegel.de whereas the spiegel.com is owned by some American company. There are many other examples on this too.

Moreover, Rediff.com.pk was having completely different logo so nobody can say that we were trying to get their reputation or violating any copy right law, we were in kind of news war with them so we just named it after them.

After several attempts within the law finally rediff India approached some Hong Kong based very shady website DNDRC, which has no legal status to run any hearing against anyone and we never replied at their any notice because it was having no legal ground afterward they tried some tricks and transferred our domain in their favor with the help of PKNIC.

rediffpk.com was just a data domain which we were having to store our images, it is now our primary domain for Rediff Pakistan and as it is TLD so they cant transfer it with PKNIC so this time they are trying different ways to harass us, and of course they will finally succeed because they are having all the money and connection which we lack, but our mission is to keep encountering the propaganda campaigns against our country on the internet and we will never give up, the domain names and websites are materials and we really don’t care about them.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Rez

    I think there is some serious confusion, there used to be a site http://Rediff.com.pk which looked a lot like rediff.com. Right now if you click on rediff.com.pk you will see it redirects to rediff.com, which means Rediff had probably filed a trademark complain with http://Pknic.net.pk and won it, which is why that site rediff.com.pk is redirecting to rediff.com. Media has probably got it wrong, or they have some typo issues.

    • admin

      Same guy (Daniyal Waseem) now owns rediffpk.com – Indian Rediff is trying to get hold of this domain as well

  • Arsalan

    Mr. Daniyal claims: “After several attempts within the law finally rediff India approached some Hong Kong based very shady website DNDRC, which has no legal status to run any hearing against anyone and we never replied at their any notice because it was having no legal ground afterward they tried some tricks and transferred our domain in their favor with the help of PKNIC.”

    Two points here:

    1. Please read clause-2 of PKNIC Policy at http://pk5.pknic.net.pk/pk5/pgPolicy.PK
    It clearly states than PKNIC has appointed DNDRC to resolve .pk domain name issues. So, when someone is registering a PK domain name, he/she is bound to agree to this policy. If Mr. Daniyal Waseem had a problem with DNDRC, he shouldn’t have register a .PK donmain name at all.

    2. I don’t know why Mr. Daniyal is so concerned about legal status of DNDRC. Has he registered the trademark “Rediff” in Pakistan? Has he registered “Rediff Pakistan” as company/organization in Pakistan? Unless you own a trademark, you can not fight any legal battle to win case for that trademark.

  • First of All as Icaan Said, Rediffpk.com is totally different then rediff.com & there is word use PK in full meaning Pakistan so owner will be the Pakistan and he will publish much about Pakistan. So how indians own Pakistan. If i say about Rediff.com.pk PKNIC.net.pk is registering that domain only for business purpose how they redirected to google…. i have that confusion…

  • Suhail

    well i think rediff.com is over reacting what if this guy register a new domain tomorrow rediffpak.com or something like that and redirect the site to it? the domain casts 750 PKR and i think from the look of rediffpk.com that this guy at least can afford 750 each month and it must costs very much more then that for rediff.com to get each domain back. so i think they should leave them alone and try to beat them by other means like quality and news as they are REDIFF a powerful company. I am with that guy Danial and i think being a Muslim, Pakistani and well wisher of the pakistani media we all support our brother and raise voice against india and tell them we are not that weak

  • EtechPk

    Well there is nothing much important in this website as rediff.com wants to hold this website.
    rediffpk is not offering any kind of service its just a simple WP blog so i thnk indians should be postive

  • Tech Fever

    Rediff.Com is clearly involved in propaganda against Pakistan. See the website here has reported the malpractices of rediff http://www.risedream.com/blog/2010/05/11/rediff-com-india-promoting-hatred-pakistan-india/
    Being a Pakistani this website never used abusive language for India as our Country even respects our enemy. Pakistan Zinda Baad

  • Tech Fever

    I think PTA must take an initiative to report rediff.com to International Quality Maintainence Governing Body as Rediff is full of baseless allegations for Pakistan.

  • Suhail

    they transferred the site to other domain now rediffpk.com is just a redirect

  • Suhail

    the other domain is oarax.com

  • Yousuf

    There was no need to escalate this into IndoPak. Simple is the case, the rediffpk guys tried to capitalize on the rediff name, and rediff responded correctly by using legal means to block the website. Look at the example of Lindows, a linux distro. Microsoft approached the legal authorities to get the name changed since it resembled their product name. The succeeded and the name is now Linspire. Why do we always have to take cover behind emotions.