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Order on Appeal No 037-03/19 Dr. Syed Raza Ali Gardezi vs Chairman Port Qasim Authority

The appellant has requested the copy of the Master Plan of Port Qasim Authority. The authority informed the Commission that requested information is available at Port Qasim Authority’s official website link. The Commission has held that the official record uploaded on the official website link of the public body is deemed to be correct and the information downloaded from the official website link do not require attestation.


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Appeal No. 068-06/19: Moonus Kayinat Zahra Vs Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The commission noted with grave concern that a designated Public Information Officer had caused inordinate delay in providing the requested information and as such hampered the exercise of the right to information of a citizen. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was directed to provide information about the foreign visits undertaken by the Foreign Minister and his predecessors.


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Appeal No. 159/11/19: Nadeem Umer Vs Human Organ Transplant Authority

The commission observed that the power rests with the persons who has the right and the ability to ask questions. A public official cannot wrest this power from a citizen by asking reasons for providing the requested information. The Human Organ Transplant Authority was directed to provide finalized audit reports to the appellant.


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Appeal No. 113-09/19: Shehzad Ahmed Khan Vs Ministry of Climate Change

The commission observed that finalized enquiry reports are public documents and directed the Ministry of Climate Change to provide enquiry reports conducted against the officials / officers of Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) from 1st Jan 2017 to August 01, 2019 that have been finalized. The Ministry of Climate Change was also directed to provide information about the implementation of the recommendations of the enquiry committee to the Appellant.


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Appeal No. 137-10/19: Nadeem Umer Vs National Energy and Conservation Authority

The commission observed that a public body cannot ask an applicant to visit office to collect information and ordered to provide audit reports that have been finalized.


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Appeal No. 110/09/19: Ziauddin Ahmad Vs Trading Corporation of Pakistan

The commission decided that that minutes of the meetings are exempted from disclosure but final decisions of the public body are not exempted from disclosure. The commission order the public body to share final decisions after severing them from the portions of meetings minutes containing opinions of the participants along with the approved resolutions.


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Appeal No. 001-04/19: Muhammad Muzammnil Baloch Vs The Collector of Customs, Islamabad and The Chairman, FBR, Islamabad

The commission decided that the requested information regarding individual tax payers/traders cannot be provided as it is commercially sensitive information belonging to the third party.


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Appeal No. 027-03/19: Mohammad Bilal Vs Ministry of Interior

The information was sought about a copy of law/by-laws/ rules regarding the registration, regulation and monitoring of IGNOs and Foreign Funding Agencies, details of US based INGOs and US Government Funding Agencies and details of local NGOs and Private entities receiving funds from US based INGOs and Government /Funding Agencies. The commission ordered the Ministry of Interior to provide the requested information as it was public information under Section 5 (b), (c), (d) and Under 6 (c) of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017.


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Appeal No. 061/06/19: Mukhtar Ahmed Ali Vs National Assembly Secretariat Islamabad

In the case of Mukhtar Ahmed Ali VS National Assembly, the commission maintained that the Public Information Officer claimed for himself the privilege of demanding certified copy of CNIC from the applicant which the Act does not specifically extend to a PIO. Through this Order, all Public Information Officers designated under Section 9 of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017 are directed not to demand the provision of certified copy of CNIC when an applicant mentions that s/he is citizen of Pakistan. A Public Information Officer can only demand production of CNIC when it is warranted by objective grounds, i.e. a request for information seems to have been filed from abroad.


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Appeal No. 096-08/19: Shehzad Ahmed Khan Vs Pakistan Environment Protection Agency Islamabad

The commission maintained that Details of the inspections conducted by the Monitoring team of the EPA during last two years, along with the Name of building, premises etc, inspection date and report/observation of each inspection falls within Section 5 (e)(f) (h) and Under 6 (b) of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017.


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