CGPA urges citizens to use RTI laws

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PESHAWAR: The Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) urged citizens of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab to use the Right to Information law to improve transparency and accountability in public service delivery. Filing requests for information under these laws is not only a legal and constitutional privilege, but should also be taken as an obligation, stated …

KPK govt better than Punjab in access to information

ISLAMABAD: Despite lagging behind Punjab in many areas, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government is far ahead of Shahbaz Sharif’s Punjab government in the implementation of Right to Information (RTI) Act. The official data and the research conducted by this correspondent indicate that the bureaucracy in KPK seems readier to share information regarding its working to …

Malala’s book launch

Malala’s book launchWHAT a shame that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has stopped the ceremony to launch Malala Yousufzai’s book, I am Malala, at the Peshawar University. Pity the nation that keeps on harping on the supremacy of the constitution but cannot provide security to even a premier university of the country. What signals do we send to […]

Burn notice

Burn noticeBy: NADEEM F. PARACHA On Jan 28 this year, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government that is being headed by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) and its ally, the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), disallowed a launch of Malala Yusufzai’s book at the Peshawar University. The ceremony to launch the book was being organised by the the Bacha Khan […]

Hangu DPO’s statement puts journalist’s life in danger

Hangu DPO’s statement puts journalist’s life in dangerPESHAWAR: A statement of the Hangu’s district police officer (DPO) has apparently put the life of a journalist in danger.Saleh Din Orakzai, who has been working for the Geo News and The News International as district correspondent in Hangu ran a story of six children killed in an explosion of a toy-bomb placed in garbage […]

Book launch thwarted

IT is never advisable for governments to get into the business of banning books. And if the literature in question is written to counter the extremist narrative that is beginning to dominate, as Malala Yousafzai’s I am Malala attempts to do, then official obstructions to prevent the launch of such material can only be termed …

Freedom and information

A 30-member entourage accompanied the president of Pakistan during his Haj visit to Saudi Arabia in October 2013. There were conflicting reports in the media about who paid for the travel and stay of this entourage, which included members of personal staff as well as relatives. Were the expenses covered by the president from his …

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa becomes first province to enact updated RTI

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Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid was appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner by the government on Friday as the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Governor signed the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2013, said a notification. The law will make K-P the first province to have implemented the RTI as a law. Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid, a grade 22 official who …