Right to information termed basic right of citizens

KARACHI: Right to Information (RTI) is important for the citizens of Pakistan including Sindh province, said Provincial Advisor for Culture Sharmila Faruqui in a seminar arranged by DELTA and UNDP on Thursday.

Sharmila said that the government was committed to make life better for the common man so improving the RTI law and its effective implementation should be on the agenda of the government.

She said that improved legislation will be given to people of Sindh, adding she will raise the issue of RTI legislation at every forum including Sindh assembly.

On the occasion, President of DELTA NGO Naazlee Sardar urged the participants to empower themselves. She asked the government of Sindh to give the right to information to its citizens. She demanded to repeal the current toothless law and replace it with stronger laws on the line of KpK and Punjab provinces.

President of Initiator Human Development Foundation Rana Asif Habib said that the right to information is the basic right of citizens and it is not a privilege. He said that collective efforts of all stakeholders are necessary for implementation of this right in Sindh.

Secretary Information Department Zulfiqar Ali Shalwani, President Karachi Press Club Imtiaz Khan Faran, CPLC Chief Ahmed Chinoy, Joint Secretary Karachi Bar Association Ameer Haider Shah, SSP Investigation South Faiz Ullah Korejo, and leaders of different political parties attended the seminar and urged effective implementation and improved legislation of RTI.

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