Power And Authority
Pakistan Information Commission receives complaints and takes action on one or more of the following RTI implementation related issues:
- Wrongful denial of access to information
- Non-provision of information within stipulated time
- Refusal to receive and process the request from an applicant
- Furnishing false, misleading or incomplete information
- Charging fee or cost for provision of information in excess of the amount prescribed under the Act
- Deliberate destruction of information or obstruction to avoid disclosure of requested information
- Failure of a federal public body to implement the provisions regarding proactive disclosure
- Violation of any other provision of the Act by a federal public body
- After the examination of the complaint and the evidence received, the Commission can exercise the powers of civil court to issue summons for witnesses or records.
If an official is found guilty, the Commission holds the power to impose penalty, which is fine equivalent to his salary for one day, for a maximum of a hundred days, who has acted wilfully to obstruct any activity which is required to be undertaken by this act.
As destroying any record is a punishable offense according to law, therefore, anyone who wilfully destroys or otherwise obstructs access to information that is subject to an RTI request or complaint to the Commission, is committing an offence punishable with imprisonment for up to two years and or with fine which shall not be less than one hundred thousand rupees or with both .