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‘Right to Information’ in Pakistan

Article 19-A of the Constitution of Pakistan states, “Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information in all matters of public importance subject to regulation and reasonable restrictions imposed by law.”

With this fundamental right granted to the people of Pakistan, the country finally entered the era of transparency but the weak law continues to make this process tiresome and inhibitive. The undefined linguistics of restrictions and the broad generalisation has left a loophole in the system which is now being compromised and fraudulently used by public officials to hide discrepancies. Even the Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006 does not define the exclusions comprehensively enough to stop misuse. No rules and regulations have been outlined till to-date.

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DATED: Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:22
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