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Information commission orders PA to make details of MPAs accessible

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LAHORE: The Punjab Information Commission (PIC) has denied the immunity to the Punjab Assembly (PA) from the law on right to information and ordered it to make the details relating to the performance and the funds allocated to the MPAs available on its website for easy access to the common citizens. The commission passed the […]


Petition seeks asset details of Punjab CM, cabinet

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A petition filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday sought that Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi and his cabinet submit the details of their assets and liabilities before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The petitioner further requested the court that to ensure transparency as well as the fundamental right to access […]


Amid growing backlog, 1,500 cases pending with information commission

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PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief information commissioner Farah Hamid Khan on Wednesday said currently, around 1,500 cases against government departments over information delay or denial were pending with the KP Information Commission and the number was growing. Ms Khan told a ceremony held here to launch a study on “Comparative Analysis of Right to Information Laws […]


FBR yet to implement key order of PIC

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A key order issued by the Pakistan Information Commission (PIC) remained unimplemented by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) despite the issuance of notice for imposing a penalty to the extent of 100 days’ salary to Member Operations Inland Revenue, FBR. Details of the issue revealed that the PIC had summoned the official in person […]


Modern technology use for timely delivery of information stressed

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Nadeem Memon, the newly posted Secretary of Information Department, Government of Sindh, said that modern technology should be used effectively for timely and prompt delivery of information, so that the public can be informed timely about the performance of various departments of Sindh government through mass media. Source: Pakistan Observer


Public release of films’ censorship record to risk national security: Censor Board

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ISLAMABAD: Public release of the record relating to the censorship of films can risk Pakistan’s defence and security; the Central Censor Board stated it in response to an information request filed by this scribe. In November last year, Oscar contender Pakistani film “Joy Land” was banned from screening in the country. The regulatory body claimed […]


‘Access to information be made easier’

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Caretaker Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Amir Mir has said that process of accessing information to the public should be made easier and the public has a right to information about tax-funded government projects. He expressed these views during with Punjab Information Commissioner Syed Mehboob Qadir on Friday. Syed Mehboob Qadir presented a report […]


Punjab Government De-notifies Members of Punjab Information Commission

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ISLAMABAD: The Government of Punjab has removed all three members of the Punjab Information Commission (PIC) on February 13, 2023, The Reporters learnt. The Chief Information Commissioner, Mahboob Qadir Shah, and Information Commissioners Shaukat Ali and Dr. Arif Mushtaq were de-notified with immediate effect by the Information and Culture Department of Punjab, on the directions […]


Parliamentarians urged to reject ‘regressive’ amendment to information act

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ISLAMABAD: The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has written letters to speaker of the National Assembly, chairmen of the Senate Standing Committee on Information and other senators, urging them to play a positive role in ensuring that the regressive amendment in the Right of Access to Information (RAI) Act 2017 be rejected and […]


Wikimedia Foundation urges Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to restore access to Wikipedia

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The Wikimedia Foundation called on Pakistan to restore access to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects in the country immediately. The Wikimedia Foundation says in a statement it received a notification from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on February 1, 2023, stating “the services of Wikipedia have been degraded for 48 hours” for failure to remove content […]


PTA blocks Wikipedia over blasphemous content

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked Wikipedia services in Pakistan on Friday after their refusal to withdraw blasphemous content. Earlier, the Authority had degraded its services in the country. When this reporter contacted PTA spokesperson late on Friday night and inquired about blocking of Wikipedia, she confirmed that “yes” it had been blocked. On the instruction of the […]


Rights activists criticise proposed amendments to RTI law

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ISLAMABAD   –     Rights activists have criticised proposed amendments to the Right of Access to Information Act, 2017 that has been moved yet again as a private member’s bill in the Senate which elapsed a couple of times earlier. They say the amendment would limit the scope of the right to information law by excluding […]


PIC issue show-cause to PEC for not sharing information

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The Pakistan Information Commission (PIC) on Wednesday held 21 hearings pertaining to the Right of Access to Information Act 2017 and issued a show-cause notice to Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) for not responding to the information request of the appellant and the notices of the Commission. While chairing the proceedings of the Commission, Chief Information […]


PPF organizes workshop on RTI law for officers of Press Information Department

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Despite being a law that can serve journalists in their investigative work and being a right of all citizens, there remains a lack of awareness and implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) law in Pakistan. In an effort to increase an understanding of the use of the RTI law, Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) organized […]