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90pc institutions decline Right to Information requests

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ISLAMABAD: Majority of government institutions and departments have declined to respond to hundreds of queries sent under the right to information laws, indicating that access to public information remains a pipe dream in Pakistan. The Geo News sent approximately 400 different queries to 36 key institutions in the past nine months but 90 percent of […]


Minister opposes bill to exempt parliament’s proceedings from right to information law

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ISLAMABAD: The information minister has disapproved of an amendment bill introduced by the ruling party’s lawmakers in Senate that seeks to exclude both the houses of the parliament from the ambit of the Right to Information Act. “Since the government wants transparency in governance and the parliament’s proceedings, it does not want to keep any […]


Senate body considers bill to exclude parliament from Right to Information law today

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting is scheduled to consider a bill aimed at excluding both the houses of parliament from the ambit of ‘Right of Access to Information Act’ and subsequently to keep its information confidential. As per agenda of the meeting to be held on Monday, the standing committee will […]


Access to information termed touchstone for all human rights

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ISLAMABAD: The speakers belonging to various shades of society have reminded on the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) that access to information is considered as the touchstone for all human rights including freedom of expression and media freedom. Its special relevance to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is also significant, in which it […]


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt’s ‘Right to Information’ act is a milestone

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Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Information, Kamran Bangash has said that the ‘Right to Information’ act of the provincial government is a milestone of providing basic human rights to the public. This was stated by him in statement issued in connection with the International Day for Universal Access to Information observed […]


The right to know

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Today is the International Day for Universal Access to Information, significant for us in Pakistan, given that the right to information is denied to many people here – despite the many laws, including Article 9 of the Pakistan constitution, which defend the right to information for all citizens. The country is already low in rankings […]


Awareness about Right to Information Act highlighted

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LAHORE: Secretary Information & Culture Punjab Raja Jahangir Anwar has said that the access to information about matters of public importance is the fundamental right of the citizens; he said this while addressing a seminar regarding the awareness about the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 at Al-Hamra on Wednesday. He said the […]


Pakistan Information Commission directs registrar to share information about recruitment in Supreme Court

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ISLAMABAD: In a landmark verdict, the Pakistan Information Commission has directed the Supreme Court of Pakistan to share information with the applicant that he demanded by using Right to Information law. It further held that if the citizens’ right is denied on the grounds that it would hurt the independence of the judiciary, other institutions […]


Gilgit-Baltistan to make ‘Transparency and Right to Information’ law soon

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LAHORE: The Gilgit-Baltistan government has started work on making its own law on the lines of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013. According to official sources, on the instructions of GB Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid, Senior Minister Lt-Col (retd) Obaidullah Baig invited Chief Information Commissioner Punjab Mahboob Qadir Shah to visit Gilgit-Baltistan […]


Government Is Committed To Eradicate Corruption through Right to Information RTI Act: Sajid Khan

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BATTAGRAM: The prime objective of Right to Information (RTI) 2013 is to eradicate corruption, improve governance and build trust between the people and the state. This was expressed by Chief Information Commissioner Sajid Khan Jadoon while addressing a day-long training workshop for public information officers of all line departments of District Batgram. On the occasion, […]


Pakistan Information Commission Disposed Of 700 Cases against Access to Information Act 2017

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ABBOTTABAD: The Access to Information Act 2017 was approved for Federal government departments, following the law Pakistan Information Commission has disposed of more than 700 out of 1270 applications due to non-provision of information by the federal departments. This was expressed by Zahid Abdullah member of the Pakistan Information Commission while talking to the media […]


Right to information and governance in K-P

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Transparency and accountability are considered to be the hallmarks of good governance. Accessibility to information is possible if the information is available and seen. Accountability without information remains a mere desire and a myth. Efficiency, effectiveness and rule of law, with an addition of responsiveness, consensus, equity and inclusiveness are some of the other attributes […]


DIG fined for not providing info about retired big cops

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LAHORE: The Punjab Information Commission (PIC) has imposed Rs 25, 000 fine on DIG Crimes Jawad Ahmad Dogar for not providing information to an applicant under the Right to Information (RTI) Act about the official residences, vehicles and police force provided to the retired IGs, DIGs and other senior officers during the past five years. […]


Transparency, Right to Information Act: Punjab govt sets up committee

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LAHORE: With a view to ensure effective implementation of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act in all government institutions, the Punjab government has set up a committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Irum Bukhari. The meeting of this committee held here to review the steps taken to improve the work of public […]