We have been noticing that Google India has been gradually taking over Google News Pakistan search results with Indian news sites ranking on top of Pakistani news sites most of the time. It is important to mention that we use Google.com.pk but results seem to suggest as if we are using the Google.co.in variant of the search engine.
This trend started a few months ago where big Indian news sites like Hindustan Times and Times of India started taking over news results from major Pakistan news sites like Dawn and The News International.
However, miraculously the only Pakistan news site which seems to be surviving these Google search results is The Express Tribune. The search giant which operates in the region out of India has been constantly de-ranking Pakistan news sites and giving priority to Indian news sites even though most of these Indian sites are blocked in Pakistan. So basically Google is giving priority and promoting Indian news sites which don’t even get any traffic from the country at all.