How to file a Right to Information Request in Punjab, Pakistan

Amin Shah Gilani
7 min readMay 9, 2019

I decided to file a Right to Information request to the Punjab Police, this is what happened. This is on-going and the post will continuously be updated as new events occur.


  • April 1, 2019: I decide to file my request and start drafting a series of questions
  • April 18–25, 2019: I send my request
  • April 30, 2019: My request is delivered. Punjab Police now has 14 business days to respond to my request.
  • May 2, 2019: I receive my Acknowledgement Due card
  • May 4, 2019: I received an acknowledgment from the Punjab Police that my “complaint” was being processed
  • May 29, 2019: I mail a complaint to the Inspector General of Police about the non-compliance of the Public Information Officer, requesting an internal review
  • the rest is ongoing

For details, please see the Events section

Right to Information in Punjab, Pakistan

I’ve decided to file a Right to Information (RTI) request under Punjab’s provincial legal framework. The Right to Information laws let any citizen ask any semi- or fully-government organization for information on a particular matter. These requests are governed by:

  1. Article 19A of the Constitution of Pakistan
  2. Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013



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