FAFEN Parliament Monitor – Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 4th Session, September 10-18, 2013

The fourth session of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly witnessed the introduction of a bill on right to information, providing for setting up a powerful Information Commission and protecting the whistleblowers against legal, administrative or employment related sanction for releasing information on wrongdoing. The House also unanimously adopted a resolution to condemn the suicide attacks on a church in Peshawar.

Promulgated as an ordinance on August 13, 2013 by the provincial government, it was introduced in the House during the first sitting of the session. However in the fifth sitting the government introduced the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Bill 2013 as a 12-member Special Committee with six members each from the treasury and the opposition benches was formed on September 10, 2013 to debate the legislation. The committee was to present its report on the bill within a month.

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