The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission (KPIC) and the Pakistan Information Commission (PIC) Islamabad have pledged to collaborate in implementing the Right to Information (RTI) law in its true spirit.
The commitment was made during a meeting between Chief Information Commissioner, KPIC, Mrs. Farah Hamid Khan, and Chief Information Commissioner, PIC, Mr. Shoaib Ahmad Siddique, in Islamabad.
The two commissioners discussed the achievements made and challenges confronted by both the information commissions.
Mrs. Farah Hamid Khan said that political will is essential for the effective implementation of the RTI law. She said that the KPIC has been considered a model organization for its work in promoting RTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
She informed that more than 24,000 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have used the RTI law to obtain information from government departments. Of these, more than 13,000 have received information directly from the departments concerned.
However, she said that the KPIC is facing challenges due to vacant posts of information commissioners. She said that more than 1,700 complaints are pending with the commission due to this shortage of staff.
The two commissioners exchanged documents and discussed future plans for RTI implementation in their respective domains. They also stressed the need for collaboration in finding solutions to future challenges.