April 28: Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and
Transparency – PILDAT hosted a dinner in the honour of the outgoing Information
Commissioner of the Punjab Information Commission (PIC) Mr. Mukhtar
Ahmad Ali on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President
PILDAT along with other staff members were joined by Mr. Mujib-ur-Rehman
Shami, Senior Journalist and President, CPNE and Mr. Hafeez
Ullah Niazi, Senior Columnist and Analyst in congratulating the outgoing
Information Commissioner on his exceptional services and active role in the
improvement of transparency, public access to improved services, accountability
and quality of governance in the province.
The passage of the Punjab Transparency and Right
To Information Act (PTRTIA), 2013 was an important landmark in the quest for
transparency and accountability; however, its implementation has indeed been
a challenging one. Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ali was an important part of this movement.
PILDAT worked closely with the Punjab Information Commission in the implementation
of the PTRTIA through combined efforts to increase awareness about its existence,
utility and how it could be used especially among vulnerable and disadvantaged
segments of the population in Punjab.
Mr. Mujib-ur-Rehman Shami, as a token of recognition
and appreciation, presented a special Memento to Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ali on the
occasion and praised the good work done by Mr. Mukhtar Ahmed Ali and the other
two members of the Punjab Information Commission.