Journalists’ murder cases: KpK govt responds on RTI requests


KARACHI: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday replied on the 14 Right to Information RTI requests forwarded by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) regarding progress in journalists’ murder cases.

According to a letter received by PPF, the KpK government said that the requests were forwarded to provincial police officer Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to provide the concerned information but no response was received yet.

It said that after promulgation of the ‘The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013’, each department has notified and nominated its own public information officer; therefore, the requests should be directly sent to PIO Police Department in order to cut short the process.

It is pertinent to mention here that PPF has filed 60 Right to Information (RTI) requests to know about the progress and status of the cases of journalists murdered across the country in the line of duty during 2002-2013.

According to Secretary General PPF Owais Aslam Ali, nine requests were sent to Interior Ministry under Freedom of Information Ordinance-2002, fifteen requests to Home Department, Government of Sindh under the Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006, four requests to Home Department, Government of Punjab under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013, 14 requests to Home and Tribal Affairs Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013, and 18 requests were sent to Home and Tribal Affairs Department, Government of Balochistan under the Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005.

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