The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has launched a National Forum of Information Commissioners in Pakistan, The News International reported.
The forum consists of “all in-service information commissioners” from the federal capital, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh, according to a CPDI news release. The forum is intended to work jointly for transparency and accountability in the country’s right-to-information (RTI) regime.
A two-day inaugural meeting of the forum was held in Islamabad on 19 and 20 September. It was attended by the information commissioners from Pakistan Information Commission, Punjab Information Commission, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa RTI Commission and Sindh Information Commission.
A report in The Nation adds that issues including non-allocation of funds and lack of support from government were discussed during the meeting. The commissioners also signed a declaration that pledged to ensure access to information in the public interest, the report stated.