FOE Link or motive by PPFConfirmed
Case Update Status
On April 11, 2023, Mehboob Qadir Shah, chief Information Commission of Punjab, had called the secretary of the Sahiwal press club; however, he did not show up, Saddia told.
Summary of Case
"A Sahiwal-based female Journalist, Sadia Mazhar, faces harassment for filing a Right to Information on April 13, 2023. Sadia Mazhar is a former PPF fellow of Batch 3 and has been the RTI champion for PPF. Sadia is affiliated with “The Reporters” and “DW Urdu” and writes for Dawn as a freelancer. Speaking to PPF, Saddia Mazhar informed PPF that this is the third time she is facing warnings and threats from the authorities for filing RTI. “Two to three months ago, the first time I faced a warning in Karachi from the head of the Education department for filing an RTI under “The Sindh Transparency and Rights to Information Act 2016”, Mazhar said. The head denied sharing the requests via call and email. It said that he discussed the matter with the Chief Advisor and Additional Secretary of the School Education and Literacy department, Fouzia Khan, and she told him the official requirements from Saddia to entertain her requests,” Mazhar told. The official requirements include a brief background of the organization/institute, media channel, etc. “Second time I exercised the RTI on Sahiwal press club, and in RTI I asked from the information commission about the details of employees, details of land of Sahiwal whether it is leased or verified from the government”, Mazhar added. “After this RTI, the club secretary sent me a letter in which he claimed that the details I need are illegal and that Sahiwal Club is a public body. How can I file an RTI on this, and for this, they summon for filing the request constitutes an offense punishable under Section 182 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC)” Mazhar added. The Secretary requested the commission to file a complaint against Mazhar. “I have filled an RTI request in the excise office in Lahore. The case date is fixed; right now, an official from the excise office is sensing my messages. I blocked his one number, and now he starts texting from another number,” Mazhar tweeted. On April 11, 2023, Mehboob Qadir Shah, chief Information Commission of Punjab, had called the secretary of the Sahiwal press club; however, he did not show up, Saddia told. Sadia did not file any FIR against the police or any complaint to cybercrime or FIA, as her experience complaining to FIA was unsatisfactory. Lela Asad Pathak, finance secretary of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, has tweeted and condemned the harassment against Saddia Mazhar."
Category of Incident
ICCS Divisions: "0208- Acts intended to induce fear or emotional distress"
ICCS Group: 02081-Harassment
ICCS Class: N/A
ICCS Crime: "Acts intended to induce fear or emotional distress"
Date of incident
Name of affected person
Other affected persons
Not other person affected
Name of affected organization
Other affected organizations
No other organization was affected
By the Secretary of Sahiwal club, Anjum Habib.
Age of victim
Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation announced
Date of compensation announcement by government: No compensation announced
Date of compensation paid by government: No compensation announced
Amount of compensation announced by others: No compensation announced
Date of compensation announced by others: No compensation announced
Date compensation paid by others: No compensation announced
Was FIR registered ?: No
Was case investigated ?: No
Court where case was presented: Case is not in any court
Name of prosecuting lawyer: Case is not in any court
Date of first court hearing:
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Status of court case: Case is not in any court
Journalist Union Status
Lala Asad Pathan, Finance Secretary of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, has tweeted and condemned the harassment against Saddia Mazhar.
Media Source Status
Colleague of victim
Press Club Status
Press club 1: N/A
Press club 2: N/A
Press club 3: N/A