WTH: Official Website of MoIT is Promoting a Car Buy/Sell Portal

It is indeed an unfortunate moment to report that official website of federal ministry of information technology and telecom is promoting a commercial website that is primarily a buy/sell portal for used and new cars, in addition to education that they offer for car drivers.

MoITT wasn’t contended to favor this website with a banner or link, instead MoITT website dedicated a whole separate webpage to promote this car buy/sell portal i.e. car4u.com.pk, Even worse – yes keep reading – they have uploaded the company profile (a PDF File) to MoITT servers (the WTH moment of the year).

Have a look at MoIT website yourself:

car4u

We tried our best to get to someone at car4u.com.pk to know about the company or their services and reason for their publicity on a state website, but we were unable to grab any contact number. They haven’t mentioned any phone number on contact us page too.

Concerned officials of MoITT refrained from commenting on it.

However, whois record at PKNIC revealed that Mr. Sakib Berjees Tahir is the COO of car4u.com.pk. Following is the screenshot:

car4u1

Further social engineering revealed that Sakib Berjees (Tahir) is son of Ch. Muhammad Berjees Tahir, a national assembly member from PML(N), who has been the Chairman for Standing Committee on Information and Technology.

Furthermore a news appearing on The News revealed that Mian Shahbaz Sharif recently inaugurated car4u.com.pk in a ceremony at Arfa Software Technology Park in Lahore. Mr. Umar Saif was also present at the event and so was Mr. Sakib Berjess Tahir.

I am not debating on why these high level politicians and rich elite of the country are helping each other, which is very much fine with me – they can do whatever they want to – but advertising a commercial company on a government website? Are they out of their minds or what?

Just to mention, Pakistan is trying to sell 3G licenses for which they are targeting international vendors. And it is very likely that they will visit MoIT website to better know Pakistan’s IT and telecom market. But what impression those foreign companies will get after seeing such a advertisement on MoIT’s website?

On a related note car4u.com.pk is copying/stealing content from PakWheels.com – a famous vehicle buy/sell portal in Pakistan.

car4u2

PakWheels.com told me that they are depressed to know that Shahbaz Sharif and MoIT is encouraging a website which is illegally violating copyrights by lifting content from other websites. It said that they are considering legal action against car4.com.pk.

Update:

It maybe recalled that content management and development of all government websites is managed by Electronic Government Directorate which works under Federal Secretary. Also to mention here that all government websites are hosted with NTC, with redundant servers located in USA.

Update 2: 
Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom has now removed car4u.com.pk link from its website.

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


  • admin

    left side pay Raja Parvaiz Ashraf ki tasweer, right side pay Sakib Berjees Tahir ki promotion – andar say sab milay howay hain.

    Disappointed.

    • kamal ashraf

      Ammir bhai isi liye to mein kehta hon k mujy president bana dein, mein president ban k aap ko apna wazeer bana lon ga :)

      • admin

        achi offer hay

        • kamal ashraf

          hehe :)

        • Rizwan Tahir

          Jaisa mon waisi baat. Khuda Pakistan ko maskharon say bachaye……

    • Sarmad Lutfi

      Chief justice must take notice and issue an order to stop the website and appoint imran khan to execute justice.

      Dont go to website and boycott it. Although, its good and educating website but who needs EDUCATION in pakistan. We need stories, gossips, scandal and NEWS.

      The whole nation is in chaos and we must become part of it. Always follow who is saying rather than what is said!

      Besides, I feel privileged to support car4u cause for road education.

      Tundi o bad o mukhalif say na gabra aye auqaab
      ye tu chalti hai tujay uncha uranay kay liye

    • Shabana Malik

      Agree with you Hammad. Probably another yellow journalism and like those who see land of milk and honey but only spot bee…..

      Shame on lafafa journalism, as these guys probably want to blackmail MOITT and CAR4U for some lafafa…….

      sharam karo aur aqal ka muzahira karo…….

      MOITT must not backed off and must support car4u. I know the people very well and they are sincere with this country and people.

      THUMBS UP!

      • admin

        I appreciate your feedback.

        In defense, i would just say that your comment has been published, un-edited. This probably will give you an impression about our goals.

        • Shabana Malik

          “I am not debating on why these high level politicians and rich elite of the country are helping each other, which is very much fine with me – they can do whatever they want to – but advertising a commercial company on a government website? Are they out of their minds or what?”

          We know your goals pretty much. I have advice for you and for your personal development as well.

          Remember this MR. ADMIN:

          Narrow minds talk about people, Average minds talk about events and great minds talk about an ideas, which car4u did.

          Report your stories above personal grudges or/and failures or character assassinations.

          Support the good cause and if you have character then do like car4u on their facebook or write another sloppy piece of lafafa journalism.

          • admin

            So what you are trying to imply is that advertisement of car4u on MoITT website was right thing to do?

            I mean did I break any law (even if on ethical grounds) by reporting this? Let’s cut the chatter now.

            • shabana Malik

              “I am not debating on why these high level politicians and rich elite of the country are helping each other, which is very much fine with me – they can do whatever they want to – but advertising a commercial company on a government website? Are they out of their minds or what?”

              My Point is this writing and mentality.

              Of course debate under legal and moral boundaries is always welcome. No one is above the law. But character assassination is not acceptable.

              Also if you bringing law then be advised that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

              In your article you have violated the legal norms.
              First there is an investigation, second is charged, third is prosecution and fourth is conviction and finally there is sentence and character assassination.

              You are doing all this by yourself , investigation, charge, prosecution, conviction and sentence ………Do you feel shame now ?

              If you are really a law abiding citizen and journalist then you must take this matter to the court of law and present you love of law and your country. Then your argument of course be that the courts are corrupt too…….what kind of system you need in this country ….

              so you cut the chatter and if you are so called civilised and law abiding person then reflect it…….

              • admin

                “but advertising a commercial company on a government website? Are they out of their minds or what?” – My Point is this writing and mentality.

                -> Yes advertising a commercial website can’t be done unless the manage is a low life. I stand by my earlier opinion.

                “In your article you have violated the legal norms. First there is an investigation, second is charged, third is prosecution and fourth is conviction and finally there is sentence and character assassination.”

                -> We aren’t police, neither courts nor government. We are just reporters. I mean there was a happening, we reported it with proofs. What else you require of us? We aren’t activists either that we get the culprits to the court.

                Unlike Mubashir Luqman, we provided proofs i.e. screen shots. How could we do it any better?

                • shabana Malik

                  Now its becoming argumentative.

                  Arguments = Exchange of ignorance

                  Discussions = Exchange of intelligence

                  Mubashar Luqman is not here so I cant comment on him as it will be biased to say something about someone who can’t defend himself/herself. Again, here you are committed to do another character assassination. Don’t do it.

                  In Life people learn from their mistakes, they learn, they listen and they lead. I am your reader and I am demanding higher standard of reporting not low life, yellow journalism.

                  All I am asking, actually respectfully demanding is to adhere your self high ethical standards. What you did report was one sided story. Thats not how an independent, rational impartial reporter report.

                  Beside, my best wishes for you!
                  Sign out!

                  • admin

                    You didn’t answer me, do you believe car4u banner on MoITT website was the right thing?

                    • shabana Malik

                      I have already replied that as you are not paying attention::

                      “I am not debating on why these high level politicians and rich elite of the country are helping each other, which is very much fine with me – they can do whatever they want to – but advertising a commercial company on a government website? Are they out of their minds or what?”

                      My Point is this writing and mentality.

                      Of course debate under legal and moral boundaries is always welcome. ————–No one is above the law.———– But character assassination is not acceptable.

                    • admin

                      Reporting something (an advertisement on MoITT website, which you are almost agreeing that it was not right) is character assassination?

                    • French Revolution

                      we need FRENCH REVOLUTION, where all rulers will be assassinated

          • Rez

            There is nothing great about domain name or nothing great about design or even the backend apparently! i wonder with the amount of money they must have invested, what a cess pool of mess they mustered. They must claim full refund from whoever developed and designed the site and kickout the person who gave the idea to register this awful domain.

            If you want to be great mind, then think out of spectrum and design and build intuitive layout, with powerful backend and some pretty brandable domain, lastly, don’t resort to muscle your way into Govt or Educational websites just to gather some PR juice, it is sort of link manipulation and falls int blackhat tactics.

            Lastly, i will appreciate if your great minds do not resort to copying listings and images from other websites, you should probably invest your pretty penny advertising on Google adwords, Facebook or even T.V. I hope the great minds got the point!

  • Excellent piece of reporting!

    The carelessness will now not be tolerated, thanks to the social web.

    I hope more people will be tagging the CM profile on Facebook with this story ( https://www.facebook.com/Sharif.Shehbaz ).

  • Usman

    Come on Its A RENTAL WEBSITE now … RAJA RENTAL is doing its best

    • MoMoo

      AIK NAYA SAFAR

      Raja Rental is Raja Mental Tak

      wah wah wah wah

  • abid

    abhi to ibtida-e-ishq hai rota hai kia
    aage aage dekh hota hai kia :( Raja Pervez Ashraf

  • Awaz Badmash

    What can one expect from people in power ? They have ruined everything. This is just a website and using official website for personal gain is nothing when billions are being looted and people are being killed all over Pakistan.

    PPP, PMLN, MQM, JUIF etc are all one big party. They rule over us and that’s a bitter reality.

  • Awaz Badmash

    Btw there are numerous websites that keep appearing and disappearing every year.
    Pakwheels is the king of cars website in pakistan by a long margin.

    It is here because it was not started for commercial reasons initially although it does make money now from advertisements and paid car ads.

    And I am not related to pakwheels :p

  • zeeshan-DXB

    currently i am abroad but really i am also considering to start IT consultancy business from Arfa Softwrae Technology park plateform to work for my own country,to reveal hidden potential,will these politician support us also ?
    i am sure never…these folks are trust worthy

  • asad

    say welcome to Raja Pervez Ashraf in It

  • Habib ur Rehman

    Our elite should understand one thing now, this is not the old ignorant Pakistan, Today social media has brought a revolution in Pakistan. These sort of Chachora Fun will not be able to hide from public eyes.

  • Madara

    Baja dalo, bijli ke mamle main tu nahi baja saktay thay lekin yahan tu baja saktay hain :-/

  • Muhammad Ali

    NO need of this – Let them advertise – MOIT kissi kay kaam tu aye gee

  • Sara

    Did anyone bother to confirm whether this information is correct or not??? To be honest i am not on anyone’s side but just trying to tell before accusing someone we should make sure the information provided is authentic or not. Did anyone check on Ministry of IT website if this information is there or not???

  • It came to our notice that negative forces are joining front against our website. We welcome them as well!

    We especially welcome you as well and your readers.

    Once again, we would like to clarify this that no public fund has been utilised in the development of car4u project. No Public favour has been sought and all expenditure of our inauguration function were paid upfront. All invoices are available for inspection at request.

    Our only current focus point we have is driving education. We started this website because of 47 innocent children who lost their lives at M2 Last year. This is the reason we dedicated this website to them.

    We have given the best website to the people of Pakistan at our own cost and we have not register this venture as a charitable or NGO but private limited company which will pay taxes in pakistan and encourage and promote e-commerce and entrepreneurial culture which will in turn address poverty many other issues.

    For this we are going to all institutions both Public and Private to show support for this cause at our own expense. From the next month onwards we are going to give presentations, addressing seminars, and we are trying to organise a car4u festival.

    ON OUR WEBSITE THEIR IS A press centre & contact us. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM misguiding people.

    Our used car search engine is the best in the WORLD not only in Pakistan and we own the copyrights. We are here to help and learn from different experiences. Please do support our cause and we will appreciate your column and comments if you will pass a quick test on our website and post your results on facebook or at least forward us.

    WE ARE PROVIDING THE FOLLOWING SERVICES AT OUR WEBSITE.

    Accident & Energency
    Car Selling Guidance Parts & Accessories
    Car Breakdowns Driving Education Road Safety Tests
    Car Buying Guidance Driving Licence Info Route Planner
    Car Dealers Driving Schools Safety & Security
    Car Finance Fuel Prices Sell My Car
    Car Import Policy Government Policies Traffic Updates
    Car Insurance Important Forms Used Cars
    Car Rentals New Cars Vehicle Check

    Please do go to our website and support this cause!

    Thanks!

    • admin

      “It came to our notice that negative forces are joining front against our website. We welcome them as well!”

      -> We aren’t against your website boss. We are mad on MoIT for displaying your ad. We are perfectly fine with you.

      “We would like to clarify this that no public fund has been utilised in the development of car4u project. No Public favour has been sought and all expenditure of our inauguration function were paid upfront. All invoices are available for inspection at request.”

      -> We aren’t concerned if you have invoices or not, what we are worried about is that you are using a government website, in fact Information Technology website for your promotion. Under no circumstances this is considered legal.

      “We have given the best website to the people of Pakistan at our own cost”

      -> We appreciate your efforts. They will be rewarded, inshAllah.

      “ON OUR WEBSITE THEIR IS A press centre & contact us. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM misguiding people.”

      -> But that contact us or about us on your page didn’t mention the owner/management of your website.

      “Our used car search engine is the best in the WORLD not only in Pakistan and we own the copyrights.”

      -> We don’t know about search engine that is used, but the image shown above clearly demonstrates that you are lifting content from PakWheels.com. Which is a copyright violation.

    • well Mr admin
      You have rather used your reply as an advertisement.
      It would have been better, had you responded to the content of this post. May I remind:
      1. what are you, being a commercial venture, doing on a public funded state website?
      2. why are you stealing content from pak wheels?
      :)

      • admin

        Reply as an advertisement? I didn’t get your point. They expressed a thought and i responded it. I believe it was simple

        • “It came to our notice that negative forces are joining front against our website. We welcome them as well!”
          -> We aren’t against your website boss. We are mad on MoIT for displaying your ad. We are perfectly fine with you.

          WE ALREADY THANKED FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
          WE HAVE NOT ASKED ANY DEPARTMENT TO ADVERTISE US ON THEIR WEBSITE, IN FACT WE ASKED 52 LEADING ORGANISATIONS IN PAKISTAN TO SUPPORT OUR EDUCATION CAUSE AND ASK EVERYONE TO TAKE THE FREE DRIVING THEORY TEST ON OUW WEBSITE.

          PLEASE SEE OUR VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR YOUR INFORMATION.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YX4hBAr_1o

          “We would like to clarify this that no public fund has been utilised in the development of car4u project. No Public favour has been sought and all expenditure of our inauguration function were paid upfront. All invoices are available for inspection at request.”

          -> We aren’t concerned if you have invoices or not, what we are worried about is that you are using a government website, in fact Information Technology website for your promotion. Under no circumstances this is considered legal.

          WE AGREE AND WE HAVE ALREADY MADE IT CLEAR THAT THIS WEBSITE IS NOT A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION AND THEREFORE WE DO NOT NEED ANY DONATION OR FREE HELP OR ANY FREEBEES. MOITT MUST CLARIFY ITS POSITION AS WE HAVE NOT ASKED ANYONE TO DO THAT. OTHER ORGANISATIONS WE HAVE REQUESTED SUPPORT IS ALL THE LEADING NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, BANKS, INSURANCE, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT, LEADING BUSINESSES IN PAKISTAN AND UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES.
          WE 100% ADHERE TO ALL LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARDS AND THEREFORE EXPRESS OUR CONCERN AS WELL.

          “We have given the best website to the people of Pakistan at our own cost”
          -> We appreciate your efforts. They will be rewarded, inshAllah.

          WE WELCOME YOUR SUPPORT AGAIN! PLEASE DO SEE OUR VIDEO WHY WE STATED THIS WEBSITE.

          “ON OUR WEBSITE THEIR IS A press centre & contact us. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM misguiding people.”
          -> But that contact us or about us on your page didn’t mention the owner/management of your website.

          IN DECENT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD ( OUR DREAM (we believe it is your dream as well) AS WELL TO MAKE PAKISTAN A COUNTRY WHICH WE WILL BE PROUD OF) PRIVACY LAW IS VERY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE REGISTERED OUR DETAILS WITH SECP (Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan) AND PKNIC AUTHORITY. WE COMPLIED WITH EVERY LEGAL MATTER IN INCORPORATION OF THIS BUSINESS.

          IF YOU WOULD HAVE CONTACTED US VIA OUR WEBSITE OR FACEBOOK PAGE THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A PROMPT REPLY FROM US.

          THIS NEWS IS NOT A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY OR LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST OF PAKISTAN WHICH CAR4U IS SERVING (400,000 PEOPLE DIE ON THE ROADS IN ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, 2,000,000 GET INJURED AND RS. 600 BILLION ECONOMIC LOSES PAKISTAN SUFFERS EVERY YEAR. PLEASE DO SEE OUR VIDEO FOR MORE DETAILS.

          “Our used car search engine is the best in the WORLD not only in Pakistan and we own the copyrights.”
          -> We don’t know about search engine that is used, but the image shown above clearly demonstrates that you are lifting content from PakWheels.com. Which is a copyright violation.

          WE FULLY RESPECT COPYRIGHTS. WE HAVE NOT ADDED THAT IMAGE, IN FACT WHEN THE SOURCE IS MENTIONED THEN ITS NOT BREACH OF COPYRIGHTS. WE ARE NOT HAVING COMPETITION WITH ANYONE IN THE MARKET AS OUR SOLE PURPOSE IS TO CREATE AWARENESS OF ROAD EDUCATION. WE COMPLIMENTED THE SITE WITH OTHER SERVICES SO THAT IT WILL RUN ON SUSTAINABLE BASIS. WE HAVE ASKED OUR DATABASE TEAM TO REMOVE THAT CAR IMAGE FROM OUR WEBSITE.

          AGAIN IT WILL BE GOOD IF YOU SUPPORT US IN THIS CAUSE AND DO APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE DONE. WE HAVE DONE FREE OF CHARGE SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND COUNTRY. THE EDUCATION IS PUBLIC GOOD AND MUST BE PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT SECTOR. WE ARE DOING THEIR JOB AND I THINK OUR TEAM AND WEBSITE DESERVE BETTER THAN WHITCH HUNTING.

          THANKS AGAIN FOR THE SUPPORT!

          • I have visited your website and I like it the way you ppl are spreading the information.

            What I have in mind.

            1. As Pakwheels is largest website user may upload his image on that site first and then can post advertisements on other sites as well so I dont think classifieds ads matters that much. (However if team is copying/pasting advertisements from other websites its copyright infragement)

            2. I guess the only point Admin has represent is why MOIT is representing this website and if they are officially supporting C4U why they have now removed the link of C4U from their website…. it seems something is fishy

    • Mansoor

      You are portraying your site as if you are doing some great favour to the nation and everyone is indebted to you. By registering with concerned authorities and following the laws you are not doing us a favour it is what you are suppose to do as a business.

      ‘Our used car search engine is the best in the WORLD not only in Pakistan and we own the copyrights. ‘ please stop spreading rubbish claims, can you prove your search technology is the BEST IN THE WORLD? is it better than google? bing?

      This kind of attitude won’t help your cause in the long run yes you are providing a service and it maybe good but stop being arrogant and stop telling us that it is some sort of an ‘ihsan’ on us Pakistanis. Do you see any professional services, organizations, websites replying to criticism in the way you and your friends are replying? You are just damaging your repute.

  • Ali Raheem

    Thank you car4u for providing excellent services to Pakistani people. I support you. I have never seen that organised site in my whole life.

    MOITT and Government of Pakistan must make this website compulsory in schools to save lives.

    All of you do go to car4u education section and educate yourself.

    • But MOIT website was not the right place to advertise such website.

    • Mansoor

      ‘I have never seen that organised site in my whole life.’ haha ok so this the best site in the world? Car4U trolls are doing a ‘good job’ advertising it anyone with a bit of common sense can see through your idiotic comments like the best search engine and best organized etc if you want to defend your site just reply to the admin why was it advertised on a gov site.

  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151558697981777&set=o.97429917898&type=1

    Check this picture as well…. Car4u.com.pk link on Official Shahbaz Sharif Facebook page…

    Here is a direct link of the photo with car4u.com.pk link on official page of shahbaz sharif….
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=377494792289133&set=a.272545346117412.61816.272107646161182&type=1

    • admin

      This pic is on CM page coz he had inaugurated this website.

  • Hammad Azam

    Keep up the good work car4u, this article is a piece of shitt and non-sense. I loved the website content and it will be a great noble cause even if it saves a single human life. Thumbs Up!

  • Atif N. Jamil

    Well… why such a fuzz, we as a nation have a very poor and a short memory, in couple of days, you shall have forgotten all of this, so what? the guy made a BASIC mistake by using copyrighted image(i believe it must be the data entry operator or developer). Lets give him some space, and see the outcome !

  • Rashid aziz

    I don’t see y u guys geting sentimental. What importance do u guys have? Who gave you importance? U are all bunch of losers wasting yourtime on this. Website is good or bad I am not concerned.

    I just visited it and it looks great but I will only give them credit if they will make financial sense.

    Those who are against the website simply bycott it and try to develop something creative and provide us something better than that.

    Tthose who like it, good for them.

    I don’t see any reason why we 142 people having grudge against a website who doesn’t even know or care about our comments. Pakistan has population of 180 million not 142. Let’s engage in something else someconstructive activity.

  • Baaghi

    I see this whole activity as the worst example of using govt’s infrastructure for the promotion of some person or groups belongings/activities.
    Simply……..

  • Shubchintak

    Another example of using public property to further private interests.

    http://pitb.gov.pk/

    See the bar at the bottom?