is down is a popular Pakistani news website. The site is found to be down with a message saying “Service not available”.

** Edit: 1:30pm local time (+5GMT)

We found to be down around 1pm and it’s been half an hour the website is down on web, on mobile and all other feeds. Continue reading “ is down”

Will PTCL slash Internet prices this 14th August?

Here it is again, 14th August, Pakistan’s independence day. PTCL historically has been slashing Internet bandwidth prices on 14th August. I really wish they do it this time as well especially when they’re offering a 50 Mbps connection, it’ll be great to pay half the price. While their customer support and technical support has usually been a nightmare, their service just works. Just pray that you don’t get a problem in your connection and then your nightmare begins 😉

Come on PTCL, let’s go 50% on bandwidth prices.

Happy Independence Day Pakistan!

Happy independence day to all my Pakistani brothers and sisters, and Google goes green on this 14th August. I am so excited about it. Thanks to all those who made it happen. Long live Pakistan, Pakistan Zindabad!

Get a 50 Mbps Broadband Connection on PTCL today

PTCL - 50 Mbps VDSL2 Bonding connection

No, PTCL doesn’t pay me for this but its out of sheer excitement, I just came across the least advertised but certainly available broadband connection by PTCL. We did hear about it earlier in April but now the connections are silently available. No ads, no hype and no big buzz. May be this launch is like that by design (not a home/consumer product yet?)

What do you need?

Ok, so here’s the deal. If you want a whopping 50 Mbps connection at home or at office, all you need is a pair of copper PTCL connections ( yes you need two lines), a modem/transceiver that does the magic and those PTCL guys helping you connect through the big bandwidth.

How does it work?

They call it VDSL2 Bonding technology. It’s a few steps ahead of the normal ADSL we’ve been using with additional bonding and aggregation of two copper line bandwidth to attain more than double the bandwidth. You can read more about the technology here.

How much does it cost?

There are three packages available with speeds 10 Mbps, 20Mbps and 50 Mbps and cost Rs. 9,999 , Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000 respectively per month. There’s an additional (one time) installation cost of Rs. 10,000 when you get a new connection. Yes, that’s costly for a home user but may be very much affordable for small/medium businesses and corporates.

What next?

I’m looking around for anyone who has signed up for the service and will get back to you guys with a review, so stay tuned. If you or anyone you know is using this service, please do let me know.

How to get it?

Call 1236 and figure it out 🙂

Happy Ramadan – 2011

Happy Ramadan to all Muslims around the world. Ramadan moon was sighted just a while ago here in Pakistan and I’m happy to share this link with you guys. Youtube’s live channel that broadcasts coverage from Masjid-al-Haraam, Makkah al Muazzama. I came across this link on Google Pakistan’s Facebook page.

May Allah bless us all during this blessed month.

You can watch this embedded video below or you can go to the live Youtube channel. Remember me in your prayers.

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And we hit the top of the World again.

No it’s not Cricket, we’ll find out about that in a few days. It’s about our BlackBerry app hitting world’s number 1 on BlackBerry App World. I’m proud to be part of a team who have made this possible. This is our second app that hits the No. 1 rank on BlackBerry App world across all geographies and all categories.

Could there be anything more cool for a company in Lahore than to have an app ranked higher than vendors like Electronic Arts and brands like Need for Speed? This achievement proves it yet again that we are not behind anyone in any productive field. You can know more about our No. App called LED-Notifier Pro here and I’ll keep you posted about further developments.

Led Notifier, World's Number one app

Floods in Pakistan – Where to donate?

Floods PakistanPakistan is going through one of the worst natural disaster it has ever faced. Around 20 million people have been adversely affected and extraordinary damage has been caused to the damage. If you are looking to donate money to help flood relief activities (especially if you are not in Pakistan) and are looking for a reliable organization, here are a few links:

Donate via SMS if you are in USA

If you are in US, UNHRC is accepting donations via SMS (Text Message). Please text “SWAT” to 50555 and donate $10.

Donate via Google’s page

Google has recently launched their flood relief related page. The page allows you to:

  • Stay updated with flood related news.
  • Allows you to donate money to help flood relief through UNICEF and Islamic Relief
  • A tool that lists the hospitals and related resources throughout Pakistan
  • Satellite imagery of effected areas.

Donate now Via Google’s page

Donate via

MJSF in collaboratio with Naseeb networks is also collecting donations online for flood relief. You can learn more about their efforts on .

Donate in your own country

If you are looking for organizations accepting donations in your own country, please visit this page to find the list of organizations in different countries.

Call for donations – Floods in Pakistan

Flood Relief Efforts in Pakistan 2010

Pakistan has been hit by massive flood and some sources say it’s the worst flood in last 80 years. Natural disaster cannot go worse than that. According to UNICEF, there are around three million people who need immediate help out of which around 1.5 million are children. There are several flood relief efforts going on and no government and no single organization can run such a huge relief effort. All of us have to stand up and help in the relief efforts.

This post is to request you to donate more and more money to the cause. You can do that buy donating to UNICEF’s Pakistan Flood Children relief fund. In addition to Unicef, following is a detailed list of organizations that are raising funds and actively participating in flood relief efforts around the world. If you know of more organizations that have not been mentioned here, please leave contact details in comments.

Following list has been taken from


Helping Hands

Islamic Relief

Muslim Hands:

Muslime Aid:



Islamic Relief USA

UM Healthcare Trust:


Islamic Relief


Muslim Hands:

Islamic Relief UK– Pakistan Flood Emergency:

Muslime Aid:


Edhi Foundation:

Al-Khidmat Foundation:

UM Healthcare Trust:

Pakistan Red Crescent Society:

(Aamer Abdullah) Allied Bank limited, university town branch, Peshawar

The following are account details.

Account number: 1353-8, Account title: Akhuwat e Sarhad

Bank: Allied Bank limited, university town branch, Peshawar, Branch code: 0321.

The above details are for those inside Pakistan. For those donating from outside, we advise to pool the donations with one single person and then transfer in bulk. This will reduce transfer charges.


Red Cross Germany – Pakistan Flood EmergencyClick here

Aktion Deutschland Hilft – [SMS/Call] Option as well

Flut & Überschwemmung in Pakistan Jetzt spenden:

Aktion Deutschland Hilft Spendenkonto: 10 20 30 BLZ 370 205 00, Sozialbank Köln Stichwort:

Flut Pakistan Mit einer SMS helfen:Stichwort Pakistan an die 8 11 90 senden (5 € zzgl. ĂŒblicher SMS-GebĂŒhr, 4,83 € gehen direkt an Aktion Deutschland Hilft)

Islamic Relief Germany

There is no official call yet but we will update once it is there.

United Arab Emirites (UAE)

“Pakistan Association Dubai” – Contact on following local telephone numbers:

Anas: 04-3373632, 3377678; Inayat Rahman: 050-6317131; Ayub Afridi: 050-4545106; Khayal Zaman Aurakzai: 050-6287655; Ghazi Marjan Aurakzai: 050-6469910; Asam-u-Din Aurakzai: 050-7144992.


Islamic Relief NL

There is no official call yet but we will update once it is there.


Islamic Relief Switzerland

There is no official call yet but we will update once it is there.

Blog Awards Pakistan on

Nokia in PakistanAll Pakistani bloggers know about Pakistan Blog Awards 2010. I’m happy to see a post on Nokia’s website. The post is more of a question answers session with  Adeel Hashmi, Communications Manager – Near East, Nokia. Adeel believes that the technology is playing its role and it has helped masses, especially people from lower economic group of Pakistan, improve their lives. You can read rest of the post here.