Timeline of Right to Information Legislation

2017
May 16

May 16, 2017

The Right of Access to Information Bill 2017 presented in Senate
March 16

March 13, 2017

Sindh Assembly repeals Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006 and enacts Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Act 2016.
March 6

January 31, 2017

Senate select committee finalises its recommendations to reconcile Right to Information Bill 2016 and Right of Access to Information Bill 2016.
February 15

2017

February 15, 2017: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryum Aurangzeb said that right to information bill will be presented in next session of Senate.
February 14

2017

February 14, 2017: Senate committee approves Right to Information Bill
2016
November 21

2016

November 21, 2016: Marriyum Aurangzeb  Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting said that Right to Information Bill, 2016 to be introduced in NA coming session
November 10

2016

November 10, 2016: Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting said that RTI Bill will soon be presented before the parliament for approval.
September 30

2016

September 30, 2016:Standing Committee of Cabinet for Disposal of Legislative Cases approves the draft of the Right of Access to information Bill 2016.
August 26

2016

August 26, 2016: Pervez Rasheed, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting said that Government will soon table ‘Right to Information Bill’ in National Assembly.
June 26

2016

June 26, 2016: Pervez Rasheed, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting said that the draft of the Right to Information Bill has been prepared and will be tabled soon.
2015
November 18

2015

November 18, 2015: Barrister Zafar Ullah Khan, Special Assistant to Prime Minister, Economic Affairs Division said that Right to Information Bill will be tabled in the next Session of the Parliament.
September 10

2015

September 10, 2015:Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly withdraws amendments pertaining to its exemption
June 23

2015

June 23, 2015: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly exempts itself from the purview of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013.
February 17

2015

February 17, 2015:Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting assures Members of Senate Committee on Information and Broadcasting that Right to Information Bill would be taken up by the federal cabinet in its next meeting.
January 13

2015

January 13, 2015: Punjab Information Commission notifies ”Schedule of Costs”
January 4

2015

January 13, 2015 : Punjab Government notifies the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Rules 2014.
2014
December 19

2014

December 19, 2014 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission notifies ”Schedule of Fee for Hard Copies”
July 15

2014

July 15, 2014:The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage approves the Right to Information Bill 2013 with proposed amendments.
2013
December 16

2013

December 16, 2013-Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 is notified in the official gazette.
December 12

2013

12 December, 2013-Provincial Assembly of Punjab passes Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.
November 5

2013

November 05, 2013-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013 is notified in the official gazette.
October 31

2013

October 31, 2013- Provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passes Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013.
October 26

2013

October 26, 2013-Federal Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid says that right to information bill is being worked out and very speedily and assures all stake holders will be taken on board in this regard.
October 4

2013

October 04, 2013-Governor promulgates Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Ordinance 2013.
September 8

2013

2013-The interim provincial government drafts Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013.
August 28

2013

August 28, 2013-Senate Committee on Information and Broadcasting approves the draft of Right to Information Act 2013.
August 18

2013

August 18, 2013-Governor promulgates Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Ordinance 2013
June 13

2013

June 13, 2013-The Sub-Committee of Senate on Information and Broadcasting gives final touches to draft Right to Information Act 2013, proposes amendments and asks Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to finalise it by the first week of July for tabling in the Parliament.
May 15

2013

2013-The provincial interim government drafts Punjab Freedom of Information Ordinance 2013.
2010
April 8

2010

April 08, 2010-Article 19-A inserted in the constitution through 18th Amendment and right to information is acknowledged as fundamental constitutional right.
March 22

2010

March 22, 2010 Federal Minister for Information and broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said that access to information is a fundamental right of every citizen in a democracy and the government would incorporate maximum input of all the stakeholders to make an effective legislation on right to information.
2008
November 21

2008

November 21, 2008-As Federal Information Minister, Ms Sherry Rehman states “Freedom of Information bill would shortly be tabled in the parliament after incorporating views of the provincial governments in it”.
September 20

2008

September 20, 2008-President Asif Ali Zardari, while addressing the joint session of the Parliament states that “We will soon be bringing other fundamental laws such as freedom of information bill…”
March 29

2008

March 29, 2008-Yousaf Raza Gillani pledges in his address to Parliament soon after being nominated as Prime Minister that a new freedom of information law will be brought to promote press freedom.
2006
December 14

2006

May 14, 2006-Pakistan People’s Party and PML-N commit in Charter of Democracy that ‘access to information will become law after parliamentary debate and public scrutiny’.
September 13

2006

September 13, 2006- Provincial Assembly of Sindh enacts Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006.
August 10

2006

August 10, 2006-Governor Sindh promulgates Sindh Freedom of Information Ordinance 2006.
2005
December 6

2005

December 6, 2005-Provincial Assembly of Balochistan enacts Balochistan Freedom of Information Act.
2004
June 18

2004

June 18, 2004-Cabinet Division notifies The Freedom of Information Rules 2004.
2002
October 26

2002

October 26, 2002-Military government promulgates Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002.
2001
December 8

2001

2001-Local Government Ordinance 2001 adopted by all provinces contains certain provisions pertaining to right of access to information held by district public bodies.
1997
January 29

1997

January 29, 1997-President Farooq Khan Leghari promulgates ordinance on Freedom of Information drafted by Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim.
1996
February 15

1996

1996-Interim government Federal Law Minister Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim drafts Freedom of Information bill.
1994
March 8

1994

1994-Malik Qasim, Chairperson of Public Accounts Committee realizes the significance of citizens’ right of access to information held by public bodies in curbing corruption and plays significant role in preparing draft of freedom of information law.
1990
May 5

1990

1990-Professor Khursheed Ahmad tables Freedom of Information Bill in Senate.