7 Steps for Obtaining Public Information from Government Departments under RTI Laws in Pakistan

  1. Clearly describe the required information on plain paper with reference to any of the applicable RTI law (RAI Act 2017, KP &RTI Act 2013, Punjab T&RTI Act 2013, Sindh T&RTI Act 2016, Balochistan Right to Infromation Act, 2021)
  2. Identify the public body, address to public information officer (PIO) or Head of the Department while writing information request.
  3. Submitting information request is free of cost and citizens are not bound to provide reason of request information.
  4. Submit/post information request (attached copy CNIC) through mail, fax or email to the PIO of concerned public body.
  5. PIO will send the acknowledgment receipt and provide requested information within 10-15 working days (time limit of responding is prescribed in each RTI law).
  6. Information required to protect the life or liberty of any individual will be provided within 2-3 working days (time limit of responding is prescribed in each RTI law).
  7. In case of incomplete, unsatisfactory response, mute, oral or written refusal; citizens have a right to lodge complaint in independent appellate forum i.e Information Commission. Appellate body will resolve the case with in 30-60 days (time limit  is prescribed in each RTI law)
Specimen of filing information request under Punjab T&RTI Act 2013 Download
Specimen of filing complaint with Punjab Information Commission Download
Specimen of filing information request under KP RTI Act 2013 Download
Specimen of lodging complaint with KP RTI Commission Download
Specimen of filing information request under Sindh T&RTI Act 2016 Download
Specimen of lodging complaint with Sindh Information Commission Download
Specimen of filing information request under RAI Act 2017 (federal level) Download
Specimen of lodging complaint with Pakistan Commission on Access to Information (federal level) Download
Specimen of Filing Information Request Under Balochistan RTI Act 2021 Download
Specimen of Filing Complaint with Balochistan RTI Commission Download