On Monday, when Sindh government offices were closed due to a public holiday to mark the anniversary of the death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the virtual presence of the provincial administration on the World Wide Web was also temporarily disappeared.
Despite repeated attempts, these three main websites have remained inaccessible: the official website of the Government of Sindh (sindh.gov.pk), the website of the House or the Secretariat of the Chief Minister (cm.sindh.gov. pk) and the recently launched official web presence of the Department of Information Science and Technology (istd.sindh.gov.pk).
When contacted, CM’s special IT assistant, Tanzeela Umi Habiba, admitted that official provincial government websites were down. She said the problem was with the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC), due to which the websites were made inaccessible.
Tanzeela said the NTC informed them the issue would be resolved shortly, with websites becoming accessible again. She pointed out that the Sindh government had to rely on the NTC for the availability of its websites due to their official nature, so no other system could be used for this purpose.
She clarified that other than the NTC, there were no internal issues from the provincial government that led to the websites being taken offline. The websites were back online at 8:45 p.m. Sindh government websites were also inaccessible a few weeks ago. The CM assistant, however, clarified that the problem was temporary in nature, and had only occurred on Monday, denying the existence of a recurring problem with the availability of government websites. It is still unclear whether the rain, which persisted throughout the day, had a role in the decline of provincial government websites.