Quetta: The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has urged the Chief Minister of Balochistan to appoint members of the Balochistan Information Commission, as mandated by the Balochistan Right to Information Act, 2021.
CPDI emphasized that the establishment of the Information Commission is crucial for promoting transparency and accountability in the government.
Despite the legal obligation to appoint members within 180 days of the Act’s commencement, which was passed on February 1, 2021, and received the Governor’s assent on February 15, 2021, it has been more than two years, and no appointments have been made.
This delay is a violation of the law and undermines the purpose of the Act. In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, the Executive Director of CPDI highlighted the importance of access to information for promoting good governance, reducing corruption, and ensuring accountability in public institutions.
CPDI urged the Chief Minister to take immediate action to establish the Balochistan Information Commission and fulfill the government’s obligations under the Balochistan Right to Information Act, 2021.
Balochistan is the only province where the Information Commission has not been established, depriving citizens of their right to information, a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan.
CPDI calls on the Balochistan government to take urgent action and appoint members of the Balochistan Information Commission to ensure transparency and accountability in the government.