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RTI Commission issues show-cause notice to Haripur varsity

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ABBOTTABAD: The Right to Information (RTI) Commission has issued a show- cause notice to the University of Haripur administration over the failure to provide documents under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (RTI) Act 2013 This show-cause was issued for inability of the university’s administration to produce the relevant documents related to the selection boards and some administrative responsibilities […]

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REGULATING THE MEDIA AND ITS RIGHT TO INFORMATION

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The much celebrated vibrancy in our media needs a bit of a pause and urgently too for a self-obligatory introspection to see how we are doing on the credibility and integrity aspects—the most essential media characteristics—and self-correct lapses that may have appeared as side-effects that go hand-in-hand when the much needed sense of responsibility gets […]

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Punjab bureaucrats render RTI toothless

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ISLAMABAD: The much touted Right to Information (RTI) law in Punjab is becoming a toothless piece of legislation as the top government officials are disregarding the orders of Punjab Information Commission by continuously blocking public access to information. Almost 50 days have passed since the commission unanimously ordered the Governor House officials to share information […]

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Citizens’ right: Information commission says govt support missing

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LAHORE: Chief Information Officer Mazhar Hussain Minhas said on Wednesday that it seemed that the provincial government did not want the commission to do its work. He was speaking at a seminar held on the commission’s annual performance report. The commission was established in March 2014 – a year after the passage of the Punjab […]

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K-P government to get an online facelift

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PESHAWAR: Expediting efforts for computerising state records and moving towards e-governance, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to pack up its official website and replace it with a user-friendly, responsive and dynamic web portal. Directorate of Information and Technology officials confirmed the development to The Express Tribune. Project in charge Ghufran Javed said the portal’s security […]

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RIGHT TO INFORMATION

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“Article 19-A has empowered the citizens of Pakistan by making access to information a justiceable right of the People rather than being largesse bestowed by the State at its whim.”………… All State functionaries have to understand that in a very real sense, they are employed in the service of the People of Pakistan and are […]

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The Sindh FoI Act — the toothless tiger

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‘Right to information’ is the term used for the right that citizens have to access information from the government. Unfortunately, the Freedom of Information (FoI) law that exists in Sindh is next to useless since it does not provide any clear guidelines or methods to access governmental information. It needs to be completely overhauled. The […]

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Illegal broadcast of cricket matches: Senate body directs PEMRA to take action against responsible channels

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ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Monday directed PEMRA for action against private channels showing live world cup cricket illegally in the name of discussion programmes. Showing cricket matches in such a manner is totally illegal and against the rules, the committee observed. The committee also said it was piracy as Pakistan […]

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Right to Information Act Punjab to be implemented

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CHAKWAL: Chief Information Commissioner Justice (retd) Mazhar Hussain Minhas has said that the Right to Information Act Punjab will be implemented in its true spirit. He said this while addressing the Right to Information Act Punjab seminar arranged by the Chakwal Press Club here on Sunday. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists leader CR Shamsi presided […]

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Cost in violation of ‘KP Right to Information Act 2013’

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Islamabad: The “Schedule of Fees for Hard Copies,” notified by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission on December 19, 2014 has shifted the burden of postal costs from public bodies to citizens if the requested information is more than 20 pages. If the requested information is more than 20 pages, a citizen will have to pay Rs […]

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Right to info, whistleblower protection laws emphasized

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LAHORE – Transparency International Pakistan has highlighted the need of Right to Information and Whistleblower Protection Laws for the citizens of Pakistan to hold their leaders and officials accountable. “Public institutions must prioritise anti-corruption efforts to rebuilt public trust. There should be an efficient monitoring and integrity mechanisms across all sectors so that the gap […]

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Law on ‘right to information’ finalized

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ISLAMABAD: After toughening up the Right to Information Act-2014, a parliamentary panel has finalised the legislation, which will soon be placed before the federal cabinet for approval. According to the final draft of the act, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, Pakistan Information Commission having powers of a civil court will […]

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Sindhis, Baloch still have ‘no right to information’

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Karachi: There is no denying the fact that both Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab took the lead in adopting the Right to Information (RTI) laws, but simultaneously a lack of attention by the Sindh and Balochistan lead to weak legislation, in both 2005 and 2006, which consequently resulted in a dire need of an overhaul of […]

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Right to Information Act: Punjab DCOs, Patwaris still blocking flow of information

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ISLAMABAD: Following the footsteps of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, though Punjab government has introduced a Right to Information (RTI) law but DCOs and patwaris continue to deny public access to official record. Exactly one year has gone by since the passing of Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 but the deep-rooted […]

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