WHEN laws are created solely to present a façade of modernity instead of providing any benefit to ordinary citizens, we build, by design, a fake and spurious society with a glossy veneer and a hollow inside.
Pakistan’s Right to Information laws represent the finest example of this choreographed duplicity. The Federal RTI Act was enacted in 2017. Since then four federal government departments were sent requests for information. All four failed to respond.
As the government created a vacuum by failing to establish an Information Commission, the complaints were sent to the federal ombudsman. The ombudsman turned down all applications stating that the only forum for RTI complaints is the (non-existent) RTI Information Commission. So the federal government has successfully nullified its own RTI system.
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