Timeline of Right to Information Legislation

2018
July 27

May 29, 2018

Federal government approved the appointment of Commissioners in Pakistan Commission on Access to Information established under Right of Access to information act 2017
July 27

May 29, 2018

Government of Sindh issue notification for the establishment of Sindh Information Commission and notify information commissioners.
July 27

May 9, 2018

Government of Punjab appoints 2nd batch of Information Commissioners in Punjab Information Commission after the period of approximately one year.
July 27

April 17, 2018

Chief Minister Balochistan approved the Right to Information Act 2018 which awaits approval of the cabinet.
July 27

March 20, 2018

PTI led provincial government proposed amendment bill regarding the age of retirement of Information commissioners. This private member bill was later rejected by KP law department.
July 27

February 28, 2018

KP Government fails to table RTI amendment bill 2018 and later rejected, owing to the strong and collective reaction from CRTI and other CSOs
July 27

February 27, 2018

KP provincial government proposed regressive amendments in KP RTI Act 2013 i.e KP RTI Bill 2018. The bill empowered government bodies to refuse information requests and put restrictions on public access to information in many ways.
2017
November 1

October 13, 2017

The President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Assented Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017 on October 13, 2017.
November 1

October 02, 2017

The Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017 passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on October 02, 2017
August 23

August 22, 2017

The Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017 passed by the Senate of Pakistan.
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.
February 15

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

February 14, 2017

Senate committee approves Right to Information Bill
February 1

January 31, 2017

Senate select committee finalises its recommendations to reconcile Right to Information Bill 2016 and Right of Access to Information Bill 2016.
2016
November 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 10, 2015

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly withdraws amendments pertaining to its exemption
June 23

June 23, 2015

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly exempts itself from the purview of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013.
February 17

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

January 13, 2015

Punjab Information Commission notifies ”Schedule of Costs”
January 4

January 13, 2015

Punjab Government notifies the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Rules 2014.
2014
December 19

December 19, 2014

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

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

December 16, 2013

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

12 December, 2013

Provincial Assembly of Punjab passes Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.
November 5

November 05, 2013

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

October 31, 2013

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

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

October 04, 2013

Governor promulgates Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Ordinance 2013.
September 8

September 8, 2013

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

August 28, 2013

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

August 18, 2013

Governor promulgates Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Ordinance 2013
June 13

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

May 15, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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
September 13

September 13, 2006

Provincial Assembly of Sindh enacts Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006.
August 10

August 10, 2006

Governor Sindh promulgates Sindh Freedom of Information Ordinance 2006.
May 14

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’.
2005
December 6

December 6, 2005

Provincial Assembly of Balochistan enacts Balochistan Freedom of Information Act.
2004
June 18

June 18, 2004

Cabinet Division notifies The Freedom of Information Rules 2004.
2002
October 26

October 26, 2002

Military government promulgates Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002.
2001
December 8

December 8, 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

January 29, 1997

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

Feb 15, 1996

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

March 8, 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

May 5, 1990

Professor Khursheed Ahmad tables Freedom of Information Bill in Senate.