Three-member bench approves plea seeking SC staff details.

ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal seeking disclosure of the details of the apex court's staffers under the Right of Access to Information Act.A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan and Justice Athar Minallah, directed the registrar of the Supreme Court to apex court staff members' details to applicant Mukhtar Ahmed within seven days.Justice Minallah authored an additional note on the matter.The verdict said all citizens are entitled to the right to information under Article 191 of the Constitution.'Transparency brings with it the added benefit of introspection, which benefits institutions by promoting self-accountability. Article 19A stipulates that information be provided subject to regulation and reasonable restrictions imposed by law. However, there is no law which attends to the Supreme Court in this regard nor has the Supreme Court itself made any regulations. Needless to state that if a law is enacted and/or regulations made, requests for information would be attended to in accordance therewith and in accordance with Article 19A,' read the verdict.The apex court in its verdict today said an applicant seeking details is bound to give reasons for acquiring the information and the...

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