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  • In KP: Who needs a Right to Information Act if it prevents access to information?

    In February 2015, Peshawar journalist Aziz Buneri submitted a request to the KP's Right to Information Commission (RTIC) to access information on budget expenditure in Rescue 1122...

    Under the Right to Information Act (RTI) Act, which was passed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly in October 2013 to better facilitate citizens’ access to public documents and records, Buneri should have received the relevant data within 20 days of...

  • Federal information commission to ensure implementation of Right to Information Act: Chaudhry

    Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday formally notified the Federal Information Commission with an aim to expedite the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act across the country...

    Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Chaudhry said that if departments failed to provide information sought from them under the law, citizens can approach the commission, which will ensure that the requested data is released within a...

  • Information ministry moves Pemra against broadcast of Bol

    ISLAMABAD: The federal information ministry wrote a letter to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Thursday, asking it not to broadcast BOL TV channel till completion of investigation into the degree scam by Axact — the parent company of the upcoming television and newspaper group...

    "A letter has been sent to Pemra to stop Bol's transmission on a temporary basis," Federal Information Secretary Muhammad Azam told...

  • Information ministry urged to adopt decentralised ad policy

    ISLAMABAD: A committee of the National Accountability Bureau urged the Ministry of Information on Tuesday to adopt a decentralised advertisement policy so that government departments would have the authority to allot on their own 75 per cent of ads to the media...

    But a meeting of the ‘Prevention Committee on Press Information Depart-ment’, presided over by acting NAB chairman Imtiaz Tajwar was informed that the prime minister had...

  • More information needed to expedite Lakhvi trial, Pakistan tells India

    ISLAMABAD: Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said Monday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during their meeting in Ufa, Russia that more information is required to conclude the Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi trial — the alleged mastermind 26/11 Mumbai attacks...

    Speaking to media representatives in the federal capital, Sartaj said that the reference to 'additional...

  • Pakistan, Switzerland to sign agreement for bank account information exchange: Dar

    Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday told the National Assembly that Pakistan will sign an agreement with Switzerland on exchange of information regarding bank accounts on March 21...

    "The Swiss government offered to sign such an agreement with Pakistan in the third quarter of the current month that will enable us to exchange information on tax-evaded money," Dar said in a policy statement...

  • Scotland Yard team arrived in Pakistan today: Interior Ministry

    ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Monday refuted news reports of a six to seven member team of the Scotland Yard (London Metropolitan Police) arriving in the capital last week in relation to the investigation of the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq, saying instead that a two-member team had arrived today...

    Take a look: Imran Farooq murder case: Scotland Yard team arrives in Islamabad"According to an...

  • Interior ministry unaware of whereabouts of Pakistan's first flag, NA told

    The interior ministry on Monday informed the National Assembly that it was unaware of the whereabouts of the national flag which was presented by Pakistan's first prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan during the first meeting of the constituent assembly on August 11, 1947...

    In a written reply to a question by PML-N lawmaker Khalida Mansoor, the interior ministry said it was "not responsible for the protection of the first flag and was only...

  • Pakistan spent over Rs297bn in war against terrorism in last 10 years, Finance Ministry tells Senate

    A written reply from the Finance Ministry provided to the Senate reveals that the United States (US) had agreed to provide Pakistan $132 million for counter-terror efforts, of which $111m has been received...

    925bn was released during Operation Zarb-i-Azb to military institutions, whereas over Rs67bn was granted to law enforcement agencies and more than Rs31bn to bodies falling under the Defence Ministry, the reply said...

  • LHC directs Interior Ministry to probe whether Abid Boxer has returned to Pakistan

    The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday directed the Interior Ministry to contact United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to ascertain if former police inspector and notorious 'encounter specialist' Abid Hussain, alias Abid Boxer, had taken a flight back to Pakistan earlier this year or not...

    According to local media reports, Boxer ? who is wanted in over a dozen cases of murder, attempted murder, land-grabbing etc in Punjab, and had...

  • Ministry plans long-term lease for Radio Pakistan premises, upsets employees

    ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Informa­tion is planning to shift the Pakistan Broad­casting Corporation (PBC) headquarters and give its existing premises on a long-term lease, according to a letter issued by the ministry...

    It states that Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has directed the persons concerned to prepare a proposal for handing over the Radio Pakistan headquarters on a long-term lease and shifting the...

  • Pakistan still awaiting decision by Saudi govt on exemption of Umrah tax: Religious affairs ministry

    The Ministry of Religious Affairs on Friday issued a statement of clarification regarding an exemption from additional tax for Pakistanis performing more than one Umrah within two years, saying that a reply from the Saudi government in this regard was still awaited...

    The ministry's spokesperson said that the Saudi government had imposed a tax of 2,000 riyals on any individual, from any country, who visited the kingdom more than once...

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