Siasat.PK Goes Offline on Government Orders

Siasat.PK, a political forum, has been shut down by the government according to an update posted on the Facebook page of the website.

Siasat.PK admins said that they were not warned of anything prior to the taking down of the website and a notice was received from the hosting company through an email according to which hosting company was asked to shut down the website immediately.

Siasat.PK said that Nexus, an Islamabad based hosting company that is registart for siasat.pk, has been asked to take the website offline and that their DNS records have been removed after which website is not accessible for anyone.

This is the grab of the email that siasat.pk received from its hosting company:

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Previously government used to ban the IP address through ISPs to block a website, however, in this situation when website is hosted in Pakistan, they have taken it down altogether.

Adeel, who manages Siasat.PK, tweeted this a while ago:

Update:

We have checked with PTA, the body that governs internet and websites and any blockade or shut down orders are supposed to be issued by them, said that no such action has been taken by the authority.

On other hands, FIA is saying that any such orders are issued by PTA.

We are trying to reach out to more authorities and sources to find out the reason for the shut down.

Update 2

Adeel, who manages and maintains Siasat.PK, had revealed the threats he had received from higher authorities. In a forum post he mentioned that authorities have threatened him about shutting down the website with-in five minutes.

Check below the forum post from Adeel from April 2015:

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Update 3

I just spoke with Adeel and he’s clueless about what has happened or who has ordered the shut down. Adeel had bought this .PK domain from Nexus, and they have removed the DNS without clarifying anything to him and control to his account with nexus has been revoked.

Adeel told me that there hadn’t been any threats or issues from the government or from anyone during past couple of months and this forced shut down came to him as a surprise.

Adeel says that he has web-server hosted somewhere else (and not with nexus) and they are trying to bring the website back with siasat.net as a temporary solution for time being.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we get more information.

Update 4

Siasat.PK is back online through another domain Siasat.net. This is a back-up domain that is registered outside country and seemingly government won’t be able to take it down.

This is a temporary solution that Siasat.PK has adopted for time being, however, after several hours of shut-down there’s no clear evidence available on who directed the shut down of Siasat.PK and for what reasons.

This whole episode raises several serious questions, not only about internet censorship but also on the reliability of .PK domains and how government wants to govern the .PK registry.

We have already received countless queries from worried webmasters running on .PK registry demanding an immediate resolution of the situation.

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


  • Looks like somebody defaced Nawaz badly on those forums . else they dont give a **** about these sites.

  • and we always said this going to happen dont worry soon facebook twitter which is trending today with (#ReasonsWhyPMLNisCorrupt ) will be banned , this N league has not temperament :) “Jamhooriyat”

        • after the propagation process site will no longer be accessible join it through other domains mentioned above

      • Aamir Atta my comment wasn’t approved by You.
        Instead of deleting or not approving my comments. Don’t you have guts to simply say that you don’t want anything against you . So I can easily leave the forum ?
        Don’t tell me what’s wrong with my comment, I can read everyone’s comment here plus we both know the reason.

  • Lately, there was too much bashing of PMLN on siasat.pk. Especially on Nandipur project. They constantly shared clips exposing pmln corruption stories and it was certainly making an impact and siasat.pk has to pay for what they did to the Gov’t in power

      • yes, that’s the next step exactly. they won’t spare him. he should get help from social media to launch campaigns for building pressure.

    • offshore hosting is not the solution. the problem is with .pk and .com.pk domains. govt has direct access to ban these domains easily. although they can still ban any other domain through PTA, just like they did with youtube.

  • Being an active member of that forum I am saddened by this move. Siasat.pk has contributed significantly in heightening the political grooming in online communities of Pakistan. Just another sick step by PML N Govt.

  • This is a big threat to all those who have invested in .pk this puts a big question mark to freedom of speech and future of Pakistan IT space. Being owner of a lot of .pk domains, this really worries me.

  • Time to move your domains from .PK registry. How easy it is to shutdown a .PK website without any prosecution or court order.

    Lesson learned: If you’re running a political blog in Pakistan, register your businesses abroad (domain, hosting, billing/administrator address) and stay anonymous. Also avoid registering your .com/.net domains through local registrars, otherwise you can be hit badly by the evil politicians. It’s very sad political bloggers are easiest target for our government.

    • but its still easier for the govt to ban any other domains too. they just have to forward the domain name to PTA and PTA will enter that particular domain in block list of ISPs.

  • You guys can still use the website from following url
    siasat.net
    There is another, but seems not working ATM.
    siasat.org

  • sorry for off topic, did anyone notice this annoying advertisement of smart tv app on every non SSL page? or ir is just me? i am using PEEEETCL EVO

    • yes, they can order PTA to pass instructions to all ISPs to ban entire domain, just like youtube or other sites.

    • no, there is an extreme need of such websites for highlighting political issues like corruption etc. every one has the right to speak about what’s happening wrong.

    • i suggest you to use “ginger” before publishing the final article. it wipes out spelling and grammar mistakes.

  • ANGELS WITH BOOTS! ke baaray main to nae chhap diya koi thread… :) Now you know what happens when BOYS are angry with you.. :D

  • Anyone can tell me how to avoid this situation or any suggestion that made .pk domain safe from Pak authorities to shut down

  • we really condemn that pakistani govt shut down the political web site, there is not freedom of speech in pakistan. but people have many ways to express their ideas faceboo, twitter, siyasat.pk etc

  • Stay away from nexus one of the stupid company in Pakistan
    Also pknic registry are very unprofessional and they do not know how to handle job

    • i would advice not to buy any domain/hosting from any Pakistani company, they are the worst in support and best at running away when there is even a little pressure, because they are all re-sellers they do not have anything of their own.

  • Never used the website, heck I never trust a link that refers me to siasat, but taking down a site without due corse if law is outrageous!

    This is exactly what I was talking about when the Axact saga was hot, we need to make sure that the authorities use proper laws to take an action, this makes the govt look like a mafia, takimg down whatever. These kind of efforts need to be resisted!

  • just a poor ploy for marketing by the siasat.pk owner… also, I must say that nexus is a poor choice as a host, and .pk must be bought directly from http://www.pknic.net.pk as I’ve myself noticed that I once checked a few available domains, and next time I checked, the nexus itself had registered those, so probably they keep an eye for searches also. highly unethical.

  • I think this is Freedom of Talk and Expression of our dictator
    democracy, well the best option is for you move your forum to offshore
    hosting and offshore domain.

    Best of luck


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