Technology in Realizing Promise of Right to Information (RTI)

Mohsin Aziz   Right to Information (RTI) legislation at the federal as well as provincial level is a step in the right direction for growing transparency, creating a responsible government and increasing citizen level engagement. However, certain roadblocks can seriously limit its potential as transformative legislation.   The resistance to disclose information is so entrenched […]

Punjab: demarcating right to know

Muhammad Maroof Mittha The federal government has relinquished its authority over the subjects on the concurrent list and the same have been transferred to provinces. Now all the provinces are obligated to provide for the laws ensuring enforcement of the right to information that has also been made part of the fundamental rights after the […]

Freedom of Information in Balochistan

Saleem Shahid Being a member of the U.N. and other international organizations, Pakistan is bound to respect and implement the Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights those seek implementation and protection of fundamental rights of citizens of freedom and expression and […]

Right to information: still needs some steps

Shamim Shahid Good governance requires a fair legal framework that is enforced impartially. It also requires full protection of human rights, in particular those of minorities. The impartial enforcement of law requires an independent judiciary and an impartial and honest police force. Transparency in the making and implementation of policies is essential for good governance. […]

The Sindh Freedom of Information Bill, 2006

Zamiza Azmat The freedom of information legislation is the rule that guarantees access to data held by the state. It establishes a “right-to-know” legal process by which requests may be made for government-held information, to be received free or at a minimal cost, barring standard exceptions. The effective functioning of democracy depends on the participation […]

Provincial Race for Good Governance

  The Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif has always made tall claims about good governance and Imran Khan raised slogan during the election campaign that he will deliver unprecedented good governance if he came into power. Given the rivalry between PML-N and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf that was witnessed during the elections and beyond, it […]