Balochistan to Notify Information Commission in 15 Days
Islamabad: The Balochistan Information Secretary, Mr. Hamza Shafqaat, announced during the meeting of the National Forum of Information Commissioners (NFIC) that the Balochistan government is committed to notifying the Balochistan Information Commission (BIC) and the rules of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in the next 15 days.
The NFIC meeting was convened by the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) and was held in Islamabad. Serving information commissioners from the Federal, KP, Punjab, and Sindh also participated in the meeting and reiterated their commitment to promoting transparency and accountability in Pakistan, with a focus on ensuring public access to information.
During the event, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ali, Executive Director of CPDI, provided an overview of the historical and legislative landscape of the right to information and freedom of information in Pakistan.
He highlighted that concrete efforts to promote RTI began in 2013, when dominant political parties in KP and Punjab competing in the political arena added to the RTI implementation in their provinces. He emphasized that the emergence of RTI in Pakistan is the biggest reform in contemporary times, representing a transformation from secrecy to transparency.
He demanded that the federal and provincial governments ensure administrative and budgetary support of Information Commissions so that appellate bodies can perform their duties optimally.
Source: The Reporters