CHIEF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

Mr. Mohammad Azam

Before joining as a Chief Information Commissioner in November 2018, Mr. Mohammad Azam has served as Federal Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He joined Information Service of Pakistan after Central Superior Service Examination in 1981. During a long career of over 35 years as a Civil Servant he has served as Additional Secretary & Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Principal Information Officer (PIO) Press Information Department, Director General External Publicity Wing, Director General Cyber Wing, and Director General Internal Publicity Wing. As a Federal Secretary and as head of several Departments of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, he has supervised the work of thousands of Employees of multiple professions.

He has worked as the first Registrar of Press Council of Pakistan and Managing Director of Shalimar Recoding Company. During his long Career he has served as a Public Relations Officer to the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan and several Federal Ministers of Government of Pakistan. He has served as Registrar of the Supreme Appellate Court of Gilgit-Baltistan for two and half years after his retirement as Federal Secretary.

He has also worked for one year in the United States Congress as a congressional fellow as a staff member in the office of Congressman Charles Wilson in 1987-1988. He has served for over eight years as a Diplomat (Press Attaché and Press Counsellor) in the Embassies of Pakistan in Washington, DC, United States of America and Berlin, Germany and interacted with many international media persons, intellectuals and think tanks during these assignments.

He completed 15 credit Hours of MA International Communication Program from the American University Washington DC. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, (MCSE), Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) and Network+ certified.

He has been actively involved in the drafting stage of Right of Access to Information ACT while working as Federal secretary, Additional Secretary and Director General of Internal Publicity Wing and has interacted with Honourable members of the Parliament, Civil Society Organizations and media persons to evolve consensus on the RTI law finally passed by the Parliament in 2017.

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ORGANOGRAM

INTRODUCTION

Pakistan Information Commission is an independent and autonomous enforcement body, established under Section 18 of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017 to ensure implementation of this Act. Its role is to establish mechanisms so that citizens of Pakistan can exercise their constitutional right of access to information in matters of public importance. In this connection, it takes steps for public awareness of the law, helps federal public bodies comply with the law, trains public information officers, monitors their performance, decides complaints and takes action against those failing to comply with the provisions of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017.

VISION

To provide for the rights of access to information in a transparent and effective manner

FUNCTIONS AND SERVICES

  • Issue directives to public bodies for preservation, management, publication, publicity and access to information
  • Prescribe the procedure for accessing information from a public body and to Provide technical and other support to the public bodies for effective enforcement of right to information
  • Conduct training of the public information officers (PIOs) to Undertake mass awareness campaign to create awareness about the Act, Rules and Regulations
  • Establish an information web-portal
  • Compile a user handbook in Urdu and English, containing such information, in easily comprehensible form and manner, as may reasonably be required by an applicant
  • Compile guidelines for use by the public information officers. Submit to the Parliament bi-annual reports on implementation of provisions of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017.