The Right to Information Bill, as mandated in Article 19 of the Constitution, must be expedited and ensured, as it is necessary for the transparency of governance. Federal Minister for Information, assured the Senate’ Standing Committee of Information that the Right to Information Law (RTI) will be presented before the cabinet for approval at its next meeting, before tabling it in parliament. The Prime Minister will be asked to expedite the process to adopt the bill without delay, as it is the right of the citizens of Pakistan. The RTI seeks to repeal the existing Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 and is based on the principle of providing maximum disclosure, minimum exceptions, no blanket immunity and punishment for willfully withholding or destroying information. When RTI comes into practice it will allow for greater transparency and better working of the government.

AMJAD KHAN,

Lahore, November 19.