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"Through the new Right to Information Bill," you can also ask questions from the chief minister and Government Secretariat

The Sindh Assembly on Monday unanimously approved the Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Bill 2016

November, 2016 - The Sind T&RTI Bill # 30 of 2016 was introduced in the Sindh Assembly by Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs. The bill has been referred to the select committee for review. The previous version of Sindh RTI bill #24 of 2016 has been withdrawn.

June 27, 2016 - Additional Registrar, Doctor Kamran Abid (Public Information Officer) confessed that he does not hold any information on how the visiting professors are appointed to teach at the Punjab University. http://nation.com.pk/blogs/27-Jun-2016/punjab-university-s-denial-of-right-to-information-has-slashed-question-marks-over-the

May 6, 2016 - Lahore High Court sought a reply from the Election Commission of Pakistan in connection with a petition challenging the removal of parliamentarians’ asset declarations from its website under Article 19-A of the Constitution read with Right to Information and Transparency Act. http://tribune.com.pk/story/1098058/right-to-information-ecp-accused-of-protecting-the-corrupt//

April 6, 2016 - KP RTI Commission penalized University of Haripur PIO Rs. 25,000 under Section-26(3)(b) of the KP Right to Information Act, 2013. Fine shall be handed over to the complainant as compensation according to law. http://tribune.com.pk/story/1079249/enforcing-the-law-rti-commission-fines-haripur-university-pio/

April 5, 2016 - "The government should not delay the passage of internationally acclaimed Right to Information (RTI) Bill 2014 merely on account of security concerns about sensitive information pertaining to defence and foraging relations" - Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence. http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/110290-Govt-needs-to-stop-delaying-passage-of-RTI-bill-over-security-concerns

Mar 2, 2016 - Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms Ministry has announced that Federal Right to Information (RTI) Bill will be tabled in Parliament on March 8 for the first reading.http://nation.lk/online/2016/03/02/29246.html

Mar 1, 2016 - UK Government's commits to not revise the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), following the release of the Commission on Freedom of Information Report. https://goo.gl/RgUc13

Feb 23, 2016 - KP RTI amendments: Provision of false information treated as criminal offence subject to imprisonment of 2 years and fine. The penalized person or body can file an appeal before the high court within 60 days and the same shall also be disposed of within 60 days. http://pakobserver.net/2016/02/24/amendment-in-rti-act-aims-to-make-it-more-comprehensive/

Feb 3, 2016 - Senate Standing Committee on information & broadcasting threatens to bring a privilege motion against the Information Minister for delaying the Federal Right to Information Bill. http://goo.gl/hXGOcl

Feb 1, 2016 - Lahore High Court orders FBR to release information under RTI Act rejecting President's intervention power in such cases, "The Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 does not mention any appellant forum beyond the Ombudsman". http://www.brecorder.com/market-data/stocks-a-bonds/0/12353/

Jan 25, 2016 - Sindh RTI Bill Draft 2015 prepared by Shehri-CBE and CTAI rated the best in the world by Centre for Law and Democracy, Canada. Read details here: http://goo.gl/09kLpX

Jan 18, 2016 - Nasir Jamal, Director General Internal Publicity Wing, Federal Ministry of Information Broadcasting and National Heritage, said that the government had constituted a special committee including senior parliamentarians to formulate recommendations on the Right to Information Bill 2014. http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=286074

Jan 16, 2016 - Committee comprising Pervez Rashid, Ahsan Iqbal, Anusha Rahman, Irfan Siddiqui and Marriyum Aurangzeb, asked to formulate recommendations on the RTI Bill 2014 to supercede the cabinet and present the said as government bill. Read more at: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/90705-PM-forms-panel-to-clear-RTI-draft-law#sthash.pee1fgjF.dpuf

Jan 6, 2016 - Sindh’s Freedom of Information Act, 2006 and the government of Sindh earned the lowest score of 24% in the overall RTI rankings while KP secured top position with 73%. http://goo.gl/D08HKv

Dec 19, 2015 - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Right to Information (RTI) Commission has imposed Rs.50,000 fine on the Provincial Police Department for blocking access to information. http://goo.gl/dIf5mz

Oct 4, 2015 - Federal government buries Freedom of Information law by issuing a directive that allows all the ministries to block any information in the name of 'public interest'. http://www.geo.tv/article-199587-Government-directive-buries-Freedom-of-Information-law

Sept 23, 2015 - Punjab Information Commissioner Mukhtar Ahmad Ali confirmed serious understaffing issues in the commission employing 1 official against sanctioned 43 posts. A study has revealed that out of 1500 requests submitted to the commission, 700 are still awaiting decision due to the issue of understaffing. http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-341991-Punjab-Information-Commission-still-understaffed


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