Timeline of Right to Information Legislation
February 1, 2021
Balochistan assembly enacted the 2nd generation Right to Information Act 2021 while repealing the old Balochistan Freedom of Information Act, 2005, opening new avenues of transparency and accountability in governance.
September 19, 2019
CPDI Established First-Ever National Forum of Information Commissioners (NFIC) in Pakistan.
November 08, 2018
PTI led Federal Government appointed Ist batch of Information Commissioners and notified the Establishment of Pakistan Commission on Access to Information
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
May 29, 2018
Government of Sindh issue notification for the establishment of Sindh Information Commission and notify information commissioners.
May 9, 2018
Government of Punjab appoints 2nd batch of Information Commissioners in Punjab Information Commission after the period of approximately one year.
April 17, 2018
Chief Minister Balochistan approved the Right to Information Act 2018 which awaits approval of the cabinet.
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.
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
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.
October 13, 2017
The President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Assented Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017 on October 13, 2017.
October 02, 2017
The Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017 passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on October 02, 2017
August 22, 2017
The Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017 passed by the Senate of Pakistan.
May 16, 2017
The Right of Access to Information Bill 2017 presented in Senate
March 13, 2017
Sindh Assembly repeals Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006 and enacts Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Act 2016.
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, 2017
Senate committee approves Right to Information Bill
January 31, 2017
Senate select committee finalises its recommendations to reconcile Right to Information Bill 2016 and Right of Access to Information Bill 2016.
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, 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, 2016
Standing Committee of Cabinet for Disposal of Legislative Cases approves the draft of the Right of Access to information Bill 2016.
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, 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.
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, 2015
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly withdraws amendments pertaining to its exemption
June 23, 2015
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly exempts itself from the purview of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013.
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, 2015
Punjab Information Commission notifies ”Schedule of Costs”
January 13, 2015
Punjab Government notifies the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Rules 2014.
December 19, 2014
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission notifies ”Schedule of Fee for Hard Copies”
July 15, 2014
The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage approves the Right to Information Bill 2013 with proposed amendments.
December 16, 2013
Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 is notified in the official gazette.
12 December, 2013
Provincial Assembly of Punjab passes Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.
November 05, 2013
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013 is notified in the official gazette.
October 31, 2013
Provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passes Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013.
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 04, 2013
Governor promulgates Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Ordinance 2013.
September 8, 2013
The interim provincial government drafts Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013.
August 28, 2013
Senate Committee on Information and Broadcasting approves the draft of Right to Information Act 2013.
August 18, 2013
Governor promulgates Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Ordinance 2013
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, 2013
The provincial interim government drafts Punjab Freedom of Information Ordinance 2013.
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, 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.
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, 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, 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.
September 13, 2006
Provincial Assembly of Sindh enacts Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006.
August 10, 2006
Governor Sindh promulgates Sindh Freedom of Information Ordinance 2006.
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’.
December 6, 2005
Provincial Assembly of Balochistan enacts Balochistan Freedom of Information Act.
June 18, 2004
Cabinet Division notifies The Freedom of Information Rules 2004.
October 26, 2002
Military government promulgates Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002.
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.
January 29, 1997
January 29, 1997-President Farooq Khan Leghari promulgates ordinance on Freedom of Information drafted by Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim.
Feb 15, 1996
Interim government Federal Law Minister Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim drafts Freedom of Information bill.
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.
May 5, 1990
Professor Khursheed Ahmad tables Freedom of Information Bill in Senate.