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State of right to information in Pakistan

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Articles | Stories | Blogs At least five district courts did not bother respond to a simple request for information Under Article 19-A of the Constitution of Pakistan, people have a right to access information held by public bodies. This…

RTI under attack in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

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Articles | Stories | Blogs The attackers are none other than the bigwigs of the PTI in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government The Right to Information Act of 2013 has come under attack for the second time since its enactment. The attackers…

FATA: The Fazlur Rehman factor

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Articles | Stories | Blogs The fact of the matter is that Rehman does not want referendum in Fata What does it take to hold referendum in Fata on the K-P-Fata merger issue? But before discussing the referendum, let us…

New transparency regime in Pakistan

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Articles | Stories | Blogs Right to information is oxygen for democracy Finally the Right of Access to Information Act, assented to by the country’s president on October 10, 2017, has repealed the Freedom of Information (FOI) Ordinance 2002. The…

The Anticipated Benefits of FATA Reforms

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Articles | Stories | Blogs This piece is in response to Rustam Shah Mohmand’s article ‘The Unanticipated Perils of FATA Merger with K-P This piece is in response to Rustam Shah Mohmand’s Article in this paper titled ‘The Unanticipated Perils…

Political economy of FATA reforms

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Articles | Stories | Blogs There are various actors and institutions which have to relinquish powers for FATA mainstreaming There are various actors and institutions which have to relinquish powers for FATA mainstreaming. Under Article 247, the President of Pakistan…

FATA reforms to be seen as a process

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Articles | Stories | Blogs The much-awaited report of the committee on Fata reforms is now public The much-awaited report of the committee on Fata reforms is now public. In a previous article, I had pointed out three main areas…

Broad strokes solve nothing

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Articles | Stories | Blogs Patriotic nationalism thrives on the hatred of the ‘other’ As we are faced with a multitude of challenges, it is easy for politicians and policymakers to paint different causes with the same brush. This is…

Financing education in K-P

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Articles | Stories | Blogs There is something terribly wrong when government schools are funded through private donations There is something terribly wrong when government schools are funded through private donations and private madrassas are funded through citizens’ tax money.…