KPITB refuses to give information under RTI Act

Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) has refused to give information to senior journalist Asif Khan Turk under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act, 2013.

On January 12, 2024, Editor, Weekly Sunrise Today, Asif Khan Turk, submitted an application to the public information officer of KPITB and requested for provision of a set of information under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act, 2013. However, the official didn’t give reply to the questions asked, despite passing of more than two months.

In the application, Asif Khan Turk had asked a question about the eligibility criteria for the post of MD KPITB. The application also asked for a copy of the appointment letter, TORs, CV, annual targets, and total salary plus perks and privileges of MD Dr Sahibzada Ali Mahmud (now former MD). Moreover, a few other questions about various appointments, budget, and projects at the KPITB were also asked.

When inquired why he felt the need for submitting the application, Asif Khan Turk told, “Actually, our newspaper’s investigation cell had received some information from sources about the alleged corruption, illegal appointments, and malpractices at the KPITB, so we decided to ask the board in this regard and cross-check the information with the official information, issued by the concerned officer.”

He further said that their investigation team always believed in the highest standard of journalism and after thorough verification they published stories to inform the public with authentic and credible news, but the KPITB highly disappointed them by such unserious attitude, and now they would complain to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission against the KPITB.

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