PIC Delivers 50-Year Property Records
In a remarkable display of commitment to transparency and the Right of Access to Information Act, 2017, the Pakistan Information Commission (PIC) swiftly assisted a concerned citizen, Sarfraz A. Bhatti, in obtaining property records spanning five decades.
Bhatti’s struggle to access these records from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) was resolved within a mere month, highlighting the PIC’s dedication to ensuring the public’s fundamental right to information.
Sarfraz A. Bhatti turned to the Pakistan Information Commission for support when faced with challenges in acquiring property documents from the CDA. His appeal, scheduled for a hearing on August 23, 2023, revealed that the requested records, dating back to 1978, required additional time for retrieval.
Through numerous hearings and unwavering dedication, the Pakistan Information Commission efficiently acquired and provided all the requested 50-year-old property records to Bhatti.
In response to this prompt resolution, Bhatti commended the PIC’s diligent efforts in facilitating his access to the information he had sought, emphasizing the pivotal role the PIC plays in guaranteeing citizens’ access to essential public records.
The Pakistan Information Commission reasserted its unwavering commitment to its mission, even in the face of resource limitations. The commission affirmed its determination to ensure that public records are delivered to citizens within the legally prescribed timeframe.
Citizens can file appeals with the commission at no cost to access public records from any public entity.
Access to information is a constitutional right in Pakistan, and the Commission’s endeavors are aimed at empowering citizens by facilitating their access to vital information and ensuring accountability within public bodies.
The Pakistan Information Commission commended the Capital Development Authority and the public body for their commitment to locating and providing the 50-year-old records to Bhatti, in accordance with the directives of the commission.
This successful resolution serves as a testament to the commission’s dedication to upholding the Right of Access to Information Act and safeguarding the public’s right to information.
It is noted here that the access to information in other provinces are not practical implemented like Balochistan, and Sindh.