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NFIC calls for timely appointment of Information Commissioners

The National Forum of Information Commissioners (NFIC) on Friday concluded a two-day conference that called for timely appointment of information commissioners to strengthen information commissions.

The event, organized in collaboration with the Center for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), brought together stakeholders, experts and decision-makers from across Pakistan, according to a press release. On the first day, commissioners actively engaged with students, civil society organizations (CSOs), media representatives, advocates and public information officers at a public event. The panel discussions covered key challenges in implementing Right to Information (RTI) laws, commission orders, citizen expectations, PIO issues, GIZ supported initiatives such as women facilitation and Khuli Kachehri sessions in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to improve public access to news. CPDI Executive Director Mukhtar Ahmad Ali stressed the importance of strong and empowered information commissions to comply with RTI and ensure public access to information. He stated that due to vacancies in 2019 and 2018, the key posts of two Information Commissioners remained vacant, which disturbed the quorum in KP committees, including the Sindh and Pakistan Information Commission. “Additionally, the imminent end of the term of office of the Chief Information Commissioner of Punjab further highlights this situation.