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First National Forum of Information Commissioners Established in Pakistan: CPDI

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ISLAMABAD– The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has laid the foundation of first ever National Forum of Information Commissioners (NFIC) in Pakistan. The forum consists of all in service information commissioners from Federal, KP, Punjab and Sindh.

With regular meetings and learning from each other, the forum will make a joint effort for a transparent and accountable regime in Pakistan

The two day inaugural meeting of NFIC concluded on Friday, here in Islamabad. The meeting was attended by the Information Commissioners from Pakistan Information Commission (Federal), Punjab Information Commission, KP RTI Commission and Sindh Information Commission.

All the commissioners welcomed the idea of a joint forum of information commissioners in Pakistan and pledged to learn from each other’s experiences. Information Commissions shared their progress, success stories, issues, challenges faced while implementing RTI laws in their jurisdictions.

Several issues were also discussed e.g non-allocation of financial resources, lack of administrative support from government, delay in finalizing the working rules and subsequent shortage of staff, resistance in disclosing information colonial mindset of public bodies etc.

At the end, all information Commissioners agreed that culture of secrecy and colonial mindset is prevalent in Pakistan. Transparency, good governance with maximum disclosure and better service delivery can only achieved with the bona fide implementation of RTI laws in Pakistan. A declaration was also signed by the Commissioners where they pledged to ensure access to information in the service of people without any fear of favor.

About CPDI: Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) is an independent, non-partisan and a not-for-profit registered civil society organization working on the issues of Development and Peace in Pakistan.— PRESS RELEASE