PKNIC is the .pk domain name registry in Pakistan, it was started by a Pakistani American Ashar Nisar in June 1992. The company is operated as a self-supporting organization. PKNIC is managed and owned by an American-based company started by a Pakistani American. Up until July 2009, there were no .PK root servers inside Pakistan, numerous attempts were made in the past to bring .pk operations to Pakistan. A Pakistani Newspaper DAWN now reports that the Government, working through the PTA, has somehow managed to convince the owner of PKNIC to open an office in Lahore and deploy a mirrored root server (m-2.pknic.net.pk) in what once used to be his hometown.