PIC Summons Air University Vice Chancellor Over Information Violation
The Pakistan Information Commission has summoned the Vice Chancellor of Air University for a hearing scheduled on October 18. Alongside this summons, the commission has requested the VC to personally attend or appoint a designated officer to represent the department during the hearing.
The Vice Chancellor has been cautioned that failing to appear before the Commission could result in an ex-parte decision, and individuals responsible may face legal actions in accordance with the applicable statutory provisions.
Furthermore, the VC has been instructed to furnish two attested copies of the case report to the Information Commission. This summon was issued because Air University did not provide the requested information to a citizen under the Right of Access to Information Act 2017, despite multiple follow-ups and a lapse of more than 24 working days.
The Pakistan Information Commission thoroughly reviewed the complaint and evidence, setting a formal hearing for October 18 at 11:30 AM. It’s essential to note that all federal public bodies are obligated to furnish requested information to Pakistani citizens within ten working days. The Commission possesses the authority to exercise the powers of a civil court, including issuing summons for witnesses or records.
Additionally, the commission has the jurisdiction to impose fines and even administer jail sentences of up to two years to individuals found guilty. It’s crucial to mention that, as per the law, the destruction of any official record is also subject to punishment.