Pakistan Met Office Forgets to Renew its Domain Name

As you may know there was a strong earthquake that jolted Lahore and surroundings around 5PM today.

Quake was pretty scary as it made strange noise like the ground is cracking open.

Immediately everyone rushed to TV channels and internet to find about what really had happened.

As one would expect, TV channels were showing the “templates” that there has been an earthquake and people came out of houses reciting Kalma etc, with no real information.

Mysteriously, US Geological Survey website didn’t record the earthquake as it had no info on the jolts. It is in fact still not displaying any earthquake in Lahore’s vicinity.

Check below map from US Geological Survey website yourself; it has no indication of any earthquake during past 24 hours.

US_Geo

This is when we Googled Pakistan Meteorological Department website and upon opening we found an HTML website that had countless missing images and broken links.

It also had a press release from 2012 about an earthquake on the home page, just to give you an idea on how quick and efficient they are.

Ignoring all this, when clicked on “Latest Earthquakes” it took us to a new website PmdNmcc.net that had its domain EXPIRED!

pmd

The Whois data of this domain name revealed that it is registered to some Mr. Hammad Ali from Karachi. The domain was expired on 16th of this month and was first registered in 2007.

So technically, Pak Met Office forgot to renew the domain, or even worse they probably forgot that they had a domain and website for Earthquake updates.

For now the domain name is locked, and soon it is going to be made available for sale again. We hope that Pakistan Met Office will act before they lose the domain forever.

This whole incident is clear indication of how efficient this department is and how competent are the individuals working there.

Not to mention, there’s millions of rupees in budgets for Pak Met Office every year.

It also merits mentioning that recent report from BBC revealed that Pakistan has probably the worst and oldest technology for Met department. The computers there don’t work and ones that work are kept shut down for ever.

No wonder why no one trusts their weather forecasts and moon sightings.


  • Hamid

    No mater how old that technology is .. still gives better prediction than all Android weather widgets.
    And still does with the expired domain.

  • Aizaz Ul Haq

    This happens they hire Web Developers with Parchi

  • Aizaz Ul Haq

    10 saal puranay trends use kea huway website pe.. They should be having a nice responsive website

  • asadkhattak

    you should purchase the domain and sell it Govt on premium. They deserve it

  • Aamir

    It has become a business to buy such expired domains for making PBN (Private Blog Network) and TDN (Traffic Delievry Network) in order to rank high competition keywords. Cool Citation and Trust Flow with amazing achor texts ratio! WOW! SEO experts can understand it better :D

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6a78ee1fe9c0e08b25f30484cccfedd3cb936cbbcc880ccdb33cebb53fb6e56.jpg

  • Whois

    Domain Name: PMDNMCC.NET
    Registry Domain ID: 1089854015_DOMAIN_NET-VRSN
    Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.enom.com
    Registrar URL: http://www.enom.com
    Updated Date: 2016-07-17T02:38:07.00Z
    Creation Date: 2007-07-16T11:54:28.00Z
    Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-07-16T11:54:28.00Z
    Registrar: ENOM, INC.
    Registrar IANA ID: 48
    Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
    Registry Registrant ID:
    Registrant Name: HAMMAD ALI
    Registrant Organization: PMDNMCC
    Registrant Street: PLOT NO. B-7, NORTH CITY APPART.
    Registrant Street: PHASE 1, SHADMAN TOWN
    Registrant City: KARACHI
    Registrant State/Province:
    Registrant Postal Code: 74500
    Registrant Country: PK
    Registrant Phone: +92.216004486
    Registrant Phone Ext:
    Registrant Fax: +92.03332312604
    Registrant Fax Ext:
    Registrant Email: [email protected]

  • saeed

    Pakistan Govt is very slow in protecting their domain names. Pakistanembassy.com was released in 2001 by pakistan embassy in Washington, DC and they didn’t renew it and i own it since last 15 years. Now their web site is like emabssyofpakistan.org. They also didn’t registered their eSahulat.com and now their web site is e-Sahulat.com or eSahulat.org.pk. in 2001 some one called me from Foreigh office islamabad that we like to buy our domain names but after that nawaz govt was gone and since then nothing happened. They also forgot to renew PHF.com.pk ( Pakistan Hockey Federation).

  • It’s Me Dude

    MashaAllah this is called “Main NA Manoon” or http://www.NO.com

  • Sheldon Cooper

    I never know anyone in Govt. office with proper IT knowledge. Koi kisi ka bhatija, koi kisi ka baita ya koi damad; its more of a joint family then office itself.

    Btw, what was the shake all about if it wasn’t earthQuake?