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IHC upholds PIC order against PHAF

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has dismissed a writ petition filed against by the Pakistan Housing Authority Foundation and has upheld an earlier decision of the Pakistan Information Commission (PIC)

According to details, in pursuance of an appeal filed by a citizen Abdullah Rashed Waraich, the PIC issued a detail verdict on June 12, 2021 and directed the Director General, Pakistan Housing Authority Foundation  to disclose information about the recruitment made for the post of Assistant Directors (E/M)/(Civil) as requested by the citizen.

The public body was directed to comply with the order of the commission within 7 working days.

However, the PHAF challenged the order of PIC in Islamabad High Court and took a stand that the petitioner (PHAF) has already submitted all relevant record/information before the PIC and the citizen in respect of post of Assistant Director (E/M) against which the citizen applied.

The petitioner stated, being custodian of record of applicants, who applied against the various posts, cannot be compelled or directed to provide all other record not relevant to the post of Assistant Director (E/M).

Judge Babar Sattar in an order dated July 12, 2021 dismissed the learned counsel for the petitioner has failed to point out any infirmity in the order of the Pakistan Information Commission, the petition is therefore, dismissed in limine.

Justice Louis Brandeis is often quoted as having said that “sunlight is the best disinfectant”, in the context of transparency and disclosure being an elixir to many societal and governmental malpractices. In this context, it is not for the petitioner to determine what information is and what is not relevant for a citizen seeking information that is otherwise liable to be disclosed under provision of the Act, Order of IHC states.

 

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