Away from public gaze

Balochistan replaced its ineffective Balochistan Freedom of Information Act, 2005 with a more promising Balochistan Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2021, in February 2021. There can be no doubt that this was a move in the right direction, aimed at improving service delivery, transparency and accountability in governance. Continue reading

‘Senate has become centre of horse-trading’

Islamabad : The senate of Pakistan has become a centre of horse- trading, as some candidates spent crores of rupees to buy votes and get elected. Reserved seats for women should also be abolished, as those elected on reserved seats aren’t treated equally and lack representative character, said former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, while emphasising the need for electoral reforms, says a press release. Continue reading

Electoral reforms need of the hour: Shahid Khaqan

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday said that the democratic system, without the sanctity of a ballot box could not deliver and electoral reforms are the need of the hour.

Addressing a seminar, he questioned the role of the establishment in elections and emphasised that a democratic system, where there is no sanctity of a ballot box, cannot deliver. Continue reading

Evading accountability

The Right to Know Day is celebrated globally on September 28. The objective of the observance is to share ideas, strategies and success stories about the development of the right-to-information laws that have led towards genuinely transparent governance and provided a way forward for improving accountability around the world. More than 135 countries have so far legislated access to information laws. Continue reading

Evading accountability

The Right to Know Day is celebrated globally on September 28. The objective of the observance is to share ideas, strategies and success stories about the development of the right-to-information laws that have led towards genuinely transparent governance and provided a way forward for improving accountability around the world. More than 135 countries have so far legislated access to information laws. Continue reading

Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) Observes Right to Information Day

Karachi, September 28, 2022: The Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) on Wednesday observes International Day for Universal Access to Information IDUAI 2022 by awarding Right to Information (RTI) awards to a Journalist, a Citizen, and Public Information Officer (PIO) on the national level. RTI Awards are given to Saddia Mazhar in the Journalist category and Nadeem Umer in the citizen category for persistently using Right to Information laws and filing investigative stories in print and electronic media. Civil Aviation Authority also wins the RTI award in the department category for devotedly serving the cause of bringing transparency and implementation of the Right to Information Act with letter and spirit. Continue reading