Conference on Pakistan’s RTI Legislative Regime: Learning from Provincial Legislative Experiences (Open for Public)

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While Indian Right to Information Act 2005 has been a beacon of light for RTI activists in Pakistan for a long time,
KP Right to Information Act 2013 and Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 have immense value as examples from home for enactment of robust laws at federal level and in provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. In
fact, federal RTI bill approved by the Senate Committee on Information and Broadcasting benefits from both these
laws and the drafters of this law have included all the stronger provisions of these laws and left out weaker ones.
This is a major departure from the   past when provinces always looked up to the federal government for guidance
in legislative matters and Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005 and Sindh Freedom of Information
Act 2006, replicas of the Freedom of Information
Ordinance 2002, testify this practice. If federal government can learn from right to information laws of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh should scrutinize laws of their provincial counterparts and explore
the possibility of taking from these laws what suits them best according to their own requirements.The Balochistan government has shown keen interest in the area of right to information legislation as was
demonstrated by the participation of Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch in the conference on ‘Right to Information and
Need for New Legislation in Balochistan’ organized by CPDI on September 02, 2015. Sindh government is in the
process of drafting RTI law for the province. It is in this context that CPDI, as a partner of Coalition on Right to
Information, CRTI) will be organizing the conference on    Pakistan’s RTI Legislative Regime: Learning from Provincial Legislative Experiences’ on October 06-07, 2015 in
Islamabad to achieve following objectives:

-to explore legislative options on right to information for Balochistan and Sindh by involving Balochistan political leadership, public officials, RTI experts and members of information commissions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab; and

– To develop specific policy recommendations to enact new right to information laws as well as policy recommendations for strengthening existing provincial RTI legislative regime.

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