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Google Pakistan domain challenged as illegal

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NEW DELHI: Even as a complaint has been filed against Google for running the domain name .pk without registering the trademark and without having an office in Pakistan, it is learnt that several multi-national companies refuse to open offices in the country as the government refuses to give any guarantee for safety of employees.



The Intellectual Property Rights Organisation in Pakistan has sent notices to central ministries and security agencies following the complaint against Google, according to an American-based Pakistani website.



ce has been sent to the Information and Technology Ministry, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, the Security and Exchange Commission and Google.

The complaint was filed by Information Technology industry’s Dr Kamal Muzaffar who said Google was generating illegal revenue from Pakistan without getting registered in the country.



He alleged that Google had not been paying taxes in Pakistan, thus generating illegal money.



Interestingly, multi-national technology companies such as Microsoft, Samsung, and Google do not have any regional office in the country and all of them only have representative offices which do not have the power for taking decisions.



All these companies want the Pakistan government to provide for security for their employees as a pre-requisite before setting up offices in the country.

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