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DC Rawalpindi Initiates Inquiry To Decide Ownership Of Shalimar Club

RAWALPINDI: On the directives of the Punjab Information Commission, the Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi has tasked the Additional Deputy Commissioner to conduct inquiry into the ownership status of the Shalimar Club and decide whether it is a public body or not.

According to a letter issued by the DC Rawalpindi office, inquiry has been initiated on an RTI request for inquiry and report under section 6 (4) of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013. Both the complainant and General Secretary Shalimar Club had been directed to appear in person before the Additional Deputy Commissioner on August 08, 2020, along with record of ownership of the said club.

Earlier, the PIC had sought report from Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi to decide the status of Shalimar Club whether it falls in the category of a public body or not.
In pursuance of a complaint filed by a citizen of Rawalpindi, the PIC issued a notice to the Shalimar Club. The attorney of club submitted its replay on Feb 01, 2020 and stated that club is a leased/private entity, therefore it does not fall within the ambit of public body.

The complainant Nadeem Umer in his arguments presented a letter date 24-09-2019 apparently written by General Secretary Shalimar Club to the Municipal Corporation Rawalpindi acknowledging the fact that the Shalimar Club is a Government institution presided by DC Rawalpindi.

The commission may request information from any office under Section 6(3) (d) of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.

While according to Section 6(4) of the act, while inquiring into a complaint, the commission or any person authorized by the commission may examine any information on the spot.

The DC Rawalpindi has to decide that the Shalimar Club is a government Institution, a private institution or a private institution substantially funded by the Government before 27th August.

Nadeem Tanoli

Nadeem Tanoli is a seasoned journalist and a member of the National Press Club. With over a decade of experience, he has contributed to various Urdu and English newspapers. Recognized for his dedication to transparency and accountability, he is a recipient of the Right to Information Champion Award. For inquiries, he can be reached at nadeemumer6@gmail.com.
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