The Public Interest Law Association of Pakistan (PILAP) is a non-profit, apolitical organisation that fights for the fulfillment of fundamental rights safeguarded by the Constitution. It was established by a group of concerned citizens in 2011 and is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. PILAP is funded by members through fees and donations.
PILAP seeks the fulfillment of fundamental rights, including government accountability and transparency. To accomplish this, we first engage in detailed research on any given public interest issue. We then proceed to advocating for the issue in question before pursing it through litigation.
Our aim is to follow the example set by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the United States. The ACLU was founded over a hundred years ago by a small group of American citizens who took a stand against serious violations of the civil liberties guaranteed by the US Constitution. The small group has evolved exponentially since it was formed in 1919 and is now the premier defender of civil liberties in the United States. Some of the major landmark cases of the US Supreme Court that have solidified and effectively brought the civil liberties to the American people were instigated by the ACLU. The organisation has routinely and successfully stood up against government violations of civil liberties. It is our sincere hope and aim to similarly stand up fearlessly against violations of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan.
PILAP is currently pursuing a wide range of public interest issues which can be viewed under the Issues section of our website. Some of the major ones are listed below:
1. Become a Member of the Citizens’ Assembly
Become a member of PILAP’s Citizens’ Assembly to vote on issues you would like to challenge within the public sphere.
2. Become an Associate Member
Any citizen may apply to become an Associate Member and such membership will be granted at the discretion of PILAP’s Executive Committee. Members will be required to pay an annual fee of Rs. 20,000 or any other amount established by the Executive Committee from time to time. Associate Members have the option to make either one-time or recurring additional payments to help PILAP’s cause.
3. Become Student Member
Any student enrolled at an institution of higher education may apply for Student membership and such membership will be granted at the discretion of the Executive Committee. While there is no membership fee associated with Student membership, such members have the option to make a one-time or recurring payment to help PILAP’s cause.
Donate to PILAP for individual causes that may be close to your heart. The donations will be used to pay legal fees, fund advocacy and social media awareness campaigns. You can find the donations form here. https://pilap.pk/donate/
Volunteer to research, advocate for causes, participate in campaigns etc. To become a volunteer please provide your email address here: https://pilap.pk/help-pilap/
To update or correct your mailing address, telephone number, and/or email address, please send an email to email@example.com
PILAP does not provide refunds on donations.
If you feel that your rights have been violated by a public body you may find recourse by submitting a Right to Information application to the concerned authority, writing to the concerned public official or filing a Writ Petition before the High Courts. Learn about your rights, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights have been violated by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The driving force behind PILAP is a group of dedicated members known as the Citizens’ Assembly. Members are carefully selected by the Executive Committee from amongst citizens who have shown a commitment to public interest. The group operates on a democratic basis; it meets on a bi-annual basis to vote on the matters of public interest that are to be pursued by the organisation each year. Given the exponential number of public interest issues plaguing our country, the ones that can be effectively addressed by the organisation each year must be limited and thus the most critical ones are chosen by a majority vote of the Citizens’ Assembly each year.
Following the introduction of the Citizens’ Assembly, the organisation has been restructured to be more sustainable and is supported by a fully functional operations team as well as a team of pro bono lawyers.