National RTI News

December 2016

Defence ministry refuses to share info under RTI law

The Ministry of Defence has refused to respond to a query about the total number of amount spent on the pensions of armed forces’ retired personnel during the last five years under the provision of Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 and termed it against the national security, and that providing the same will not be in general public’s interest.

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KP govt urged to extend RTI Act to PATA

The ProgNat Development Initiative (PDI) has urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to extend Right to Information Act (RTI) to Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) aimed to accelerate process of good governance and eradicate corruption from government institutions.

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RTI bill to be presented in next NA session

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb on Wednesday said that the Right to Information (RTI) bill will be presented during the next session of the National Assembly.

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November 2016

Right To Information Bill, 2016 To Be Introduced In Na Shortly: Marriyum Aurangzeb

State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb Monday apprised the Senate that the Right to Information Bill 2016 had been approved by the Cabinet and would be introduced in the National Assembly shortly.

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Pakistan: A Tale of Two Bills

Although citizens are constitutionally guaranteed access to information held by the government in matters of public importance, it seems that the centre, in cahoots with the bureaucracy, seeks to ensure through legislation that people remain clueless about critical information.

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Balochistan to introduce new right to information law

Adviser to CM on Information Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech has said a new draft of the Right to Information Law in Balochistan was being prepared.

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October 2016

Right to information

From a distance, it all looks as it should. In 2002, Pakistan became the first country in South Asia to promulgate a freedom of information ordinance. Over subsequent years, all the provinces passed legislation aiming for the same thing, and citizens’ ability to access information from public bodies was recognised as a fundamental right through the insertion of Article 19A in the Constitution by the 18th Amendment.

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RTI Implemented In KP To Accountable Govt

The Right to Information Law is an important tool in modern democracy to monitor and make public bodies accountable and transparent in their day today affairs. That is why Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took the lead in implementing one of the best RTI law in the province where thousands of people have used their basic right to know about various public interest information.”

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KP RTI Commission gets new chief

The provincial government has appointed Azmat Hanif Orakzai as chief commissioner of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information (RTI) Commission.

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CRTI rejects govt bill on RTI

Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) has declared the cabinet-approved RTI bill as structurally flawed and ineffective, terming the draft law as “so ineffective and structurally flawed that it can’t be improved.

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September 2016

Pakistani Minister Pledges to Bring ATI Bill to Cabinet

Pakistan’s Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has promised yet again that an access to Information bill will be presented to cabinet for approval very soon.

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Journalist, lawyer get RTI Champion Award 2016 Geo’s Azaz Syed honoured

The Coalition of Right to Information (CRTI) Monday conferred RTI Champion Award on Geo TV correspondent Azaz Syed in recognition of his use of RTI laws at the federal and provincial levels for obtaining information.

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RTI Commission without top boss for over a month

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has failed to appoint the chief information commissioner to the provincial Right to Information Commission even one and a half months after the post fell vacant due to the retirement of Sahibzada Khalid.

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August 2016

Right to information legislation in Pakistan

Freedom of information is a fundamental human right and the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated.” — Resolution 59-1, First session of UN General Assembly in 1946.

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Draft of amendments to RTI Act in limbo

A draft of amendments aimed at further empowering Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission (RTIC) has been lying in law department for the last several months.

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Chief information commissioner completing term today

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission (RTIC) first chief information commissioner Sahibzada Mohammad Khalid will retire after the completion of his tenure today (Wednesday).

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Farewell: RTI Chief Completes Tenure

Right to Information Commission Chief Information Commissioner Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid has retired after completing his tenure.

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August 2014

CRCP presented an issue paper in regional conference on Right to Information

CRCP participated in a 2-day symposium on “Promoting People's Right to Information Achievements and Challenges” held by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) in ‎Maldives from 27-28 August 2014. On the occasion, CRCP presented an issue paper titled “From FOI to RTI: Some Lessons and Insights”.

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Right to Information: India to hand over Jinnah tapes

India will hand over copies of two speech-recordings of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Pakistan, but says it does not have a recording of his famous August 11, 1947, address to the country’s constituent assembly. The decision comes in response to a request by the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) and after a year-long battle by Right to Information activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal to access the recordings.

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Draft of ‘Right to Information’ law finalized

Parliamentarians from across the political divide have succeeded in drafting a very powerful federal Right to Information (RTI) law which, if passed, will change the information landscape of the country. The draft “Right to Information Act, 2014” binds the government to share information about its working, functioning of Parliament, members of Parliament, judiciary and even non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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