Pakistan Government May Propose RTI Legislation

10 December 2012

Pakistan’s coalition government will soon present a right to information bill to parliament, according to the RTI advocacy group Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI).

In July, Pakistan’s Senate formed a subcommittee to work with the information ministry to develop freedom of information legislation. (See previous report.)

CPDI Program Manager Zahid Abdullah reported Dec. 7 that the convener of Senate Committee on Information and Broadcasting and Spokesperson of the President Asif Zardari “contacted CPDI via email last month and sought our specific recommendations for RTI law which we provided. We also shared with him CPDI Model Right to Information law. Yesterday, he met one of our colleagues and showed willingness to meet with us and discuss the RTI law.”

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