Right to Information

Swat varsity registrar summoned for failing to provide information under RTI law

Mingora: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission (KPIC) has summoned Swat University deputy registrar for failing to provide information to a citizen under the right to information law.

Niaz Ahmad Khan, a resident of Mingora, has filed an application to the University administration, seeking information about the amount the varsity has paid as term of rent, as the varsity has hired many rented buildings so far to pursue its educational objectives.  

In the application dispatched to the registrar office, Niaz Khan has also sought information about the amount paid to the owners of different newspapers in exchange for advertisements.

After not receiving information under the right to information law, Niaz Khan filed a complaint with the KPIC. 

In his complaint, Khan said that he had filed an application to the varsity administration in November, 2019 to get record of payments the varsity paid in terms of building rent,  but the administration did not entertain his application accordingly.

Taking action, the Commission wrote three letters to the varsity administration, but it failed complying with the request.

The Commission, after deeming this act a clear violation to the RTI law, on Saturday summoned the deputy registrar to appear along with the information in detail on March 11 next month.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Swat University has received billions of rupees funds for construction of its own building and despite that, it could not complete the construction with the passage of more than eight years.

 The varsity administration has hired many rented buildings to pursue learning objectives so far, sources said.

According to the sources, the Swat University administration has also been suspected for its alleged involvement in embezzlement and misuse of funds.

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