QUETTA: The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has called upon the Chief Minister of Balochistan to appoint members of the Balochistan Information Commission, as required by the Balochistan Right to Information Act, 2021.
The CPDI has emphasized that the establishment of the Information Commission is critical for promoting transparency and accountability in the government.
The Balochistan Right to Information Act was passed by the Provincial Assembly on February 1, 2021, and received the assent of the Governor of Balochistan on February 15, 2021. The Act mandates the Balochistan government to appoint members of the Balochistan Information Commission within 180 days of the commencement of the Act under Section 18(1).
Two years on, the government is yet to establish an information commission
However, despite this legal obligation, it has been more than two years since the passage of this Act, and members of the Balochistan Information Commission have not been appointed. This delay is a violation of the law and undermines the purpose of the Balochistan Right to Information Act.