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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...

  • 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...

  • Information minister accuses ECP of being ‘lenient’ towards PTI chief

    ISLAMABAD: Informa­tion Minister Pervaiz Rasheed has accused the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) of being lenient towards Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan...

    Addressing a press conference at the Press Information Department on Tuesday, he criticised the ECP’s recent decisions and termed the commission biased against the PML-N...

  • Indian govt offers reward for information about Geeta’s parents

    Geeta, who had been stranded in Pakistan for years after wandering across the border as an 11-year-old, returned to India in October, 2015 with the help of Edhi Foundation, which had adopted and raised the girl since until she was 23...

    Geeta was found wandering near the India border in Lahore in 2002 and was taken by soldiers of Pakistan Rangers...

  • CTD inspector fired for sharing confidential information with terrorists

    Syed Ali Raza, a Sectarian Terrorists Intelligence Group (STIG) official, has been removed from service for allegedly sharing sensitive information with terrorists while holding an important office, said a notice from the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Sindh...

    Raza was accused of sharing confidential information by a political party worker Umair Hassan Siddiqui, who was arrested from Muttahida Qaumi Movement headquarters Nine...

  • Information issues

    Infant and child malnutrition and stunting rates are worryingly high in Pakistan...

    The trends in nutrition, stunting and child deaths are even more worrying given that our numbers, across sources, are showing that poverty rates have been declining in Pakistan for the last couple of decades or so...

  • Senate passes ‘historic’ Right of Access to Information Bill

    ISLAMABAD: The Senate unanimously passed on Tuesday the much-demanded access to information bill, which grants citizens complete access to the record of public authorities...

    However, under the ‘Right of Access to Information Bill 2017’ there will be no access to the official record of armed forces, defence installations, details of individuals’ bank accounts, defence and national security...

  • IOC seeks more information regarding vote-buying case

    LIMA: What was supposed to be a stress-free meeting of the International Olympic Committee turned into something quite different Monday, when IOC president Thomas Bach was forced to spend nearly an hour defending the handling of a mushrooming bid scandal and insisting the IOC is doing its best to fight corruption...

    Bach was on defence throughout a news conference held after a meeting of the IOC executive board, which earlier in the day...
  • Senators say ‘certain institutions’ continue to place hurdles in access to information

    ISLAMABAD: Admitting that certain institutions in the country lacked transparency and accountability, former information minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Pervaiz Rashid said there were “some institutions” in the country which placed hurdles in access to information...

    While speaking at a ceremony organised by the Coalition on the Right to Information at the National Press Club here on Thursday, Mr Rashid regretted...

  • UAE govt ignoring requests for property buyers’ information

    Briefing the sub-committee, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Tariq Pasha said, “We asked the UAE authorities for a meeting — including one with Ambassador of UAE to Pakistan — but they have not even responded to this request either...

    Mr Umar highlighted that the information released by Dubai Land Authority — possibly for marketing purpose after every six months — shows investments made by citizens of different countries... ...

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