. pk is the country code top -level domain ( ccTLD) for Pakistan. It was introduced on 3 June 1992 and is managed by the organization PKNIC (Pakistan Network Information Center ) managed.
After the introduction of domains could initially only be registered below 13 second- level domains, of which only six were available for the general public. It was only in 2005 introduced the ability to register domain names directly under. Pk. The change was preceded by a so-called sunrise period, were able to secure their domains within which proprietor of a registered trade mark prior to January 2005. Generic concepts in the English language were not allowed to.
When awarding body PKNIC is a U.S. company that initially neither a subsidiary in Pakistan entertained nor had placed nameservers in the country. First opened in 2009 on the instruction of PKNIC national telecommunications authority an office in Lahore. According to experts, this should ensure the influence of Pakistan on the top -level domain. In contrast to other top -level domains of Islamic States concerned. Pk no special restrictions, so that domains like casino.pk or dating.pk are allowed.