The Anti Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997.

 1.                  Short title, extent, application and commencement.

2.                  Definitions. 

3.                  Declaration of Intent.

4.                  Calling in of armed forces and civil armed forces to prevent terrorism of civil powers.

5.                  Use of armed forces and civil armed forces to prevent terrorism.

6.                  Terrorism.

7.                  Punishment for acts of terrorism

7 (A)    Omitted.

7 (B)    Omitted.                    

8.                  Prohibition of acts intended or likely to stir up sectarian hatred.

9.                  Punishment for offence under section 8.

10.              Power to enter or search.

11.              Power to order forfeiture.

11 A.      Organizations concerned in terrorism.

11 B.       Prescriptions.

11 C.      Right of Review.

11 D.      Observation order.

11 E.       Measured to be taken against a prescribed organization.

11 F.       Membership, support and meetings relating to a Prescribed Organization.

11 G.      Uniform.

11 H.      Fund raising.

11 I.        Use and possession.

11 J.        Funding Arrangements.

11 K.      Money-laundering.

11 L.       Disclosure of Information.

11 M.      Cooperation with the Police.

11 N.      Punishment under Sections 11-H to 11-K.

11 O.      Seizure and detention.

11 P.       Application by authorized officer to Court.

11 Q.      Forfeiture.

11 R.       Authorized officer may apply to Court for forfeiture.

11 S.       Appeal against forfeiture order under Section 11-R.

11 T.       Deposit of Cash in a fund.

11 U.      Deproscription.

11 V.      Directing terrorist activities.

11 W.     Printing, publishing, or disseminating any material to incite hatred or

             giving Projection to any person convicted for a terrorist act or any prescribed    

            Organization or placed under observation or anyone concerned in terrorism.

11X.       Responsibility for creating civil commotion.

12.                    Jurisdiction of (Anti-Terrorism Court).

13.                    Establishment of (Anti-Terrorism Court).

14.                    Composition and appointment of presiding officers of  (Anti-Terrorism Court).

15.                    Place of sitting.

16.                    Oath by (Anti-Terrorism Court).

17.                    Powers of (Anti-Terrorism Court). With respect to other offences.

18.                    Public Prosecutors.

19.                    Procedure and powers of Anti-Terrorism Court.

20.                    Punishment Paragraph Omitted.

21.                    Protection of Judges, Counsel, Public Prosecutor, witnesses and persons concerned with Court proceedings.

21 A.      Cordons for Terrorist Investigation.

21 B.       Terrorist Investigation.

21 C.      Training.

21 D.      Bail.

21 E.       Remand.

21 F.       Remissions.

21 G.      Trail of offences.

21 H.      Conditional admissibility of confession.

21 I.        Aid and abetment.

21 J.        Harbouring.

21 K.      Offences triable by way of summary procedure.

21 L.       Punishment for an absconder.

21 M.      Joint Trial.

22.                    Manner and place of execution of sentence.

23.                    Power to transfer cases to regular  Courts.

24.                    appellate Tribunal.

25.                    Appeal.

26.                    Omitted

27.                    Punishment for defective investigation.

28.                    Transfer of Cases.

29.                    Trial before (Anti-Terrorism Court) to have precedence.

30.                    Modified application of certain provisions of the Code.

31.                    Finality of Judgment.

32.                    Overriding effect of Act.

33.                    Delegation.

34.                    Power to amend the Schedule.

35.                    Power to make rules.

36.                    Savings.

37.                    Contempt of Court.

38.                    Punishment for terrorist act committed before this Act

39.                    Indemnity.

39 A.      Removal of difficulties.

39 B.       Repeal and Savings.

40.                    Amendment of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 (XIV of 1908).

            First Schedule

            Second Schedule

            Third Schedule






[20th August, 1997]

            No. F. 9(39)/97-Legis, dated 20th August. 1997. “The following Act of  Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament ) received the  assent of  the  President on the  16th August, 1997, is hereby published for  general information:


An Act to provide for the prevention of terrorism, sectarian violence and for speedy trial of heinous offences.


Whereas it is expedient to provide for the prevention of terrorism, sectarian violence and for speedy trial of heinous offences and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto:


It is hereby enacted as follows:


1.                  Short title and commencement.

1)                   This Act may be called the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997.

2)                  It extends to the whole of Pakistan.

3)                  It shall come into force at once. [Punjab Province]


Punjab Province


For the purposes of  the  prevention and  punishment of the  commission of terrorist acts and  scheduled offences  to have resort to  the  provisions of the  said  Act for  the  whole of the  Province  of Punjab S.R.O. 662(1)/97, dated 21.8.1997[2]

2.                  Definitions.  In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in  the  subject   or  context;

a)                  “armed forces” means the  Military, Naval and Air Forces of Pakistan and the  Reserves of  such Forces;

b)                  “civil armed forces” means Frontier  Constabulary, Frontier Corps, Pakistan Coast  Guards, Pakistan Rangers or any other  civil armed  force  notified by the  Federal Government as  such;

c)                  “Code” means the  Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of  1898 );

d)                  “Child” means a person who at the  time of  the  commission of the  offence has not  attained the  age of  eighteen years;

e)                  “court” means an Anti-terrorism Court  established under  section 13:

f)                    “explosives” means any bomb, grenade, dynamite, or  explosive, substance  capable of  causing any injury to any person or  damage to any property an  includes any  explosive  substance as defined in the  Explosives Act, 1884(IV of  1884);

g)                  “fire-arms ” means any or all types and gauges of  handguns, rifles and  shotguns, wether  automatic, semi-automatic or  bolt action, and shall include all other fire-arms as  defined in  Arms Ordinance 1965 (W.P. Ordinance XX of  1965);

h)                  “fine” means a pecuniary amount to be  determined by the  Court having regard to the facts and circumstances of the cases;

i)                    “Government” means the Federal Government or , as the case may  be , the  Provincial Government;

j)                    “grievous”, in relation to  bodily injury means emasculation, mutilation, incapacitation disfigurement or  serve harm or hurt: and in relation to property, means severe loss, damage or  destruction;

k)                  “High Court” means the  High Court having  territorial jurisdiction has  been established;

l)                    “hijacking” means any unlawful seizure or  exercise of  control, or  any attempt at  unlawful seizure or exercise of control, of an aircraft, by force, violence, threat or  any form of abstruction, directly or  through any other person, from within or outside the  aircraft;

m)                “hostage-taking” means the  holding of a person captive with  threats made to  kill or harm that  person if demands are not  met.

n)                  “kidnapping for ransom” mean the action of conveying any person from  any place, without his consent, or by force compelling or  by any deceitful means inducing him, to go  from any place, and  unlawfully detaining him any demanding or attempting  to demand, money, pecuniary or other  benefit from him or  from another person, as a condition of  his release;

o)                   “meeting” means a meeting of two or more  persons, whether in public or private;

p)                  “organization” means any group, combination or body of persons  acting under a distinctive name;  

q)                  “prescribed organization” means any organization using a name which is listed in the  First Schedule under  Section  11B;

r)                   “public servant” shall have the  same  meaning as in Section 21of the Pakistan Penal Code 1860. or  law  for the  time  being  in force;

s)                   “Schedule” means a Schedule to this Act;

t)                    “Schedule offence” means an offence as  set out in the  Third Schedule;

u)                  “sectarian” means  pertaining to  devoted to,  peculiar to,  or one which  promotes interest of  a religious sect or  sects, in a  bigoted or  prejudicial manner;

v)                  “sectarian hatred” means hatred against  a group of  persons  defined by  reference  to  religion, religious sec, religious persuasion, or  religious belief;

w)                “serious” means  dangerous to  life or property;

x)                  “terrorism” or “act of terrorism ” act has the meaning as assigned to  it  in Section 6;

y)                  “terrorist”  has  the meaning as  assigned to it in  Section 6(5).

z)                   “Terrorist  investigation” means an investigation of


a.                   the commission, preparation or  investigation of  acts or  terrorism under   

            this Act;

b.                  an act which appears  to have  been  done for  the  purposes of   terrorism;

c.                   the resources of  a prescribed organization;

d.                  the commission, preparation or  instigation of an  offence  under the  Act; or

e.                   any other act for  which  investigation may be  necessary for the  purposes

             of this  Act.


aa)               “terrorist property” means”

                     i.                        (a)        Money or other  property which is used or is likely to   

                                    be used for the purposes of terrorism (including any    

                                    resources of a prescribed organization).

(b)        Proceeds the commission of acts of terrorism.

(c)        Proceeds of acts carried out for the purposes of terrorism; and


                   ii.                        In subsection  (i) above

                         (a)        a reference to proceeds of an act, includes  reference to any  

                                     property which wholly or partly, and directly or indirectly,  

                   represents the proceeds of the act (including payments of other

                   rewards in connection with the commission);


       (b)       The reference to an organization’s resources includes a reference    

                  to any money or other property which is applied or  made  available,   

                   or is to be applied or  mad available, for  use  by the organization  

                   and includes assets of any  kind, whether tangible or intangible,  

                   movable or immovable, and legal documents or  instruments in any   

                   form, wether written, electronic or  digital and  shares, securities,

                   bonds, drafts and letters of credit; and


                          (c)      a reference to money includes a reference to  any cash which  means   

                                     any coins, notes in any currency, postal orders, money orders, and     

                                     such other kinds of  monetary instruments as the Federal  

                                     Government may by order specify;

bb.              “weapon” means any item which can be used to injure or cause  bodily

             harm, and includes any type of fire-arm, explosive, sword, dagger,   

             knuckle-dusterstengun, bomb, grenade, rocket launcher, mortar  or any  

             chemical, biological thing which can be used for causing injury, hurt,

             harm or destruction of person or property, and includes“ illicit arms” as           

             defined in the  Surrender Illicit Arms Act. 1991 (XXI of 1991); and


cc.               all other  terms and expressions used bit not  defined in this  Act, shall have  the  meanings as  are  assigned  to them in the  Pakistan  Penal  Code, 1860, or the  Code of  Criminal Procedure, 1898.  Subs. By Ordinance XXXIX of 2001[3]


3.                  Declaration of Intent.- Omitted by Ordi. XXXIX of 2001.

4.                  Calling in of  armed  forces and civil armed  forces in aid of civil  


1)                  It shall be  lawful for the Federal Government to order, and subject to sub-section (2)  for the Provincial Government to  secure, the presence of armed  forces and civil armed  forces in any area for the prevention and  punishment of  terrorist acts and  scheduled  offences in accordance with  the provisions of this Act.


2)                  If, in the opinion of the Provincial Government, the presence of armed forces, or civil armed forces, is necessary in order to prevent the commission of terrorist acts or scheduled offences in any area, it may request the Federal Government to direct the  presence or posting of units or personnel of the  armed forces, or civil armed forces, in such numbers as may be deemed necessary for the prevention or  control of terrorist acts or scheduled offences.



3)                  The Federal Government may decide  whether  the  requirements of the situation call for the deployment of


                     i.                        The civil armed forces; or

                   ii.                        The armed forces,


And so deciding  shall, by means of a notification in the official Gazette issued under clause (i) or (ii) authorize and direct the  posting there of.


5.                  Use of armed forces and civil armed forces to prevent terrorism.

1)                  Any police officer, or member of the armed forces, or civil armed forces  who is present or deployed in any area may, after giving sufficient warning, use the necessary force to prevent the commission of  terrorist acts or scheduled offences, and in so doing shall, in the case of an  officer of  the armed forces or  civil armed forces,  exercise all the  powers of a  police officer under the  Code.


2)                  In particular and without prejudice to  generality of  the  provisions of sub-section(1) , an officer of  the police, armed  forces and civil armed forces may:--

                                             i.                        After giving prior  warning use such force as may be  deemed necessary  or  appropriate bearing in mind all  the facts and  circumstances of the  situation, against and  person who is committing[4] []  a terrorist act or  a  scheduled offence, and it shall be lawful for an such officer, or any superior officer, to fire, or order the firing upon any person or persons against whom he is authorized to use force in terms hereof:


                                           ii.                        Arrest, without warrant, any person who has committed an act of  terrorism or a scheduled offence or  against whom a reasonable suspicion exist that he has committed, or is about to commit, any such act or  offence; and


                                          iii.                        Enter and search, without warrant any premises to  make any arrest or to take possession of any property, fire-arm, weapon or article used, or likely to  be used, offence.

3)                  Nothing contained in sub-section (1) or (2) shall affect the provisions of Chapter IX of the  Code and the provisions of section 132 of  the  Code shall apply to any person action under this section.


6.                  Terrorism.-

1)                   In this Act. “terrorism” means the use or  threat of action where:

(a)                            The action falls with the meaning of sub-section (2). And


(b)                     The use or  threat is designed to coerce and intimidate or  overawe    

                        the Government or the public or a section of the public or    

                        community or sect or  

                        create a sense of fear or insecurity in society; or


(c)                     The use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a religious,   

                        sectarian or ethnic cause.


2)                  An “action” shall fall within the meaning of  sub-section(1), if it:

(a)                           Involves the doing or anything  that causes death;

(b)                          Involves  grievous  violence against a person or  grievous body injury    

                       or harm to person;

(c)                           Involves  grievous damage to property:

(d)                          Involves the  doing of  anything that is likely to cause death or      

                       endangers a person’s life;

(e)                            Involves kidnapping  for  ransom, hostage-taking or hijacking;

(f)                             Incites hatred and contempt on religious, sectarian or ethnic basis  to     

                        stir up violence or cause internal disturbance;

(g)                            Involve stoning, brick-batting or  any other from of mischief to    

                        spread panic:

(h)                            Involves firing on religious congregations, mosques, imambargahs,   

                        churches, temples and all other places of worship, or  random firing

                        to spread panic, or involves any forcible takeover o mosques or other    

                        places of  worship;

(i)                              Creates a serious risk to safety of  public

Or  a section of the public, or is designed to  frighten the  general public and thereby prevent them from coming out and carry8ing on their lawful trade and  daily business, and disrupts civil (civic) life;

(j)                             Involves the burning of  vehicles or an other  serious form of  arson;

(k)                           Involves  extortion of money (bhatta)  or property;

(l)                              Is designed to seriously interfere with or seriously disrupt a   

                        communications system or  public utility service;

(m)                         Involves serious coercion or intimidation of  a public servant in  order   

                       to  force him  to discharge or  to refrain from discharging his  lawful   

                       duties; or

(n)                           Involves serious  violence against a member of the  police force,    

                       armed forces, civil armed  forces,  or  a public servant.


3)                  The use or  threat  or use of any action falling within sub-section (2) which  

           involves the  use of  fire-arms, explosives or any other weapon, is  terrorism,   

            whether or  not subsection 1 (c) is satisfied.

4)                  In this section “action” includes and act or  a series of acts.

5)                  In this Act, terrorism includes any act done  for the  benefit of  a prescribed


6)                  A person who commits an offence  under this section  or any  other    

            provision of this Act, shall be guilty of  an act of  terrorism.

7)                  In  this  Act, a  “terrorist ” means:


(a)                            A person who  has  committed an offence or terrorism under  this   

                        Act, and  is or  has  been concerned in the  commission, preparation   

                        or instigation of  acts of  terrorism;

(b)                           A person who is  or has been, whether before or  after the coming   

                        into  force of this Act, concerned in the  commission, preparation or   

                        instigation of  acts of  terrorism, shall also be included in the   

                        meaning given in  Clause (a) above.


7.                  [[5]Punishment for acts of  terrorism.- whoever  commits an act of  terrorism under  Section 6, whereby


(a)                death of any person is caused, shall be punishable, on conviction, with death or  with imprisonment for life, and  with fine; or

(b)               he does anything like to cause death or  endangers life, but death  or  hurt  is not  caused, shall be  punishable,  on conviction, with imprisonment for description for a term which shall be not  less than five  years but may extend to  fourteen years and with fine:

(c)                grievous bodily harm or  injury is caused to any person, shall be punishable, on conviction, with imprisonment of either but may extend to imprisonment for life and shall also be liable to a fine; or

(d)               grievous damage to property is caused, shall be  punishable on conviction, with imprisonment, of either  description  for  a term  not less  than  ten years and  not  exceeding fourteen years, and  shall  also be liable to  a fine: or

(e)                the  offence of  kidnapping for  ransom or hostage-taking has been committed, shall be  punishable, on conviction, with  death or  imprisonment for  life and  shall be liable to forfeiture of property; or

(f)                 the offence of  hijacking, has been committed, shall be punishable, on conviction, with death or imprisonment for  life, and shall also be liable to  forfeiture of property and fine;

(g)                the act of terrorism committed falls under Section 6(2) (f) and (g), shall be punishable,  on conviction, with imprisonment of not less than six months and not more than three years and with fine; or

(h)                the act of terrorism  committed falls under clauses (h) to (n) of sub-section (2) of Section 6, shall be  punishable, on  conviction, to imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than ten years and with fine; and

(i)                  any other act of  terrorism not  falling under Clauses (a) to (h) above or  under any other provision of  this Act, shall be  punishable, and not less than six months and  not  more than five  years or  with  fine or with both]


8.                  prohibition of acts intended or likely to  stir up sectarian hatred.-  A person who:-

(a)                uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior; or

(b)               displays, publishes or distributes any written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting: or words or behavior; or

(c)                distributes or shows or plays a recording or  visual images or  sounds which are threatening, abusive or insulting: or

(d)               has in his possession written material or  a recording or visual images or  sounds which are threatening, abusive or  insulting with a view to their being displayed or published by himself or another,

Shall be guilty of an offence if:--

i.                     he intends thereby to stir up sectarian hatred; or

ii.                   having regard to all the circumstances, sectarian hatred is likely  to be stirred up thereby.


9.                  Punishment for  offence under section 8.- Whoever contravenes contravenes any provision of section 8 shall be punished  with rigorous  imprisonment for  a term which may extend to seven years,  or  with fine, or  with both.


10.              Power to enter or  search.- If any officer of the  police, armed  forces or civil armed forces is satisfied that  there are  reasonable grounds  for suspecting that a person has  possession of written material or  a recording in contravention of section 8 he may enter and search the premises where it is  suspected the material or  recording is situated and take possession of the  same; [6][ Provided that the concerned, officer first record in writing his  reasons and serve a copy thereof  either  on the  person or  on the  premises.]



11.              Power  to order forfeiture.-

(1)         [7](An Anti-Terrorism Court) by which a person is convicted of an offence under section9 shall order to be  forfeited any material or  recording referred to therein.


            (2)           Where the person who collected the material or recording cannot be found or  identified the Special  Court on the  application of the official seizing the material or  recording shall foreit the  material or  recording to the  State to be disposed of as directed by it.



[8][11-A. Organizations concerned in terrorism.—For the purposes of this Act, an   organization is concerned in terrorism if it-


a.                   Commits or participates  in acts of terrorism;

b.                  Prepares for terrorism;

c.                   Promotes of  encourages terrorism;

d.                  Supports and assists any organization concerned with terrorism;

e.                   Patronize and  assists in the  incitement of  hatred and contempt on religious, sectarian or ethnic lines that stir up disorder;

f.                    Fails to expel from its ranks or ostracize those who commit acts of  terrorism and present them as heroic persons:- or

g.                   Is otherwise concerned in terrorism.


11-B. Prescription:

(1) For the purposes of this Act, an organization is prescribed if-

a.                   The Federal Government, having reason to believe that an organization is concerned in terrorism, by order, lists it in the  First  Schedule;

b.                  It operates under the name as an organization listed in the First  Schedule or  it operates  under a different name; or

c.                   The  First  Schedule is amended by the  Federal Government  in any way to  enforce  prescription;


(2) The Federal Government may be order, add or  remove an organization from the  first Schedule or  amend it in any other way.


11-C.  Right of Review.

(1)        Where  any prescribed organization is  aggrieved by the order of the f Federal Government made under Section 11-B, it may, within thirty days  of  such order, file a review applications in writing, before the  Federal Government  shall after  hearing the applicant, decide the  matter within ninety days;


(2)        An  organization whose  review  application has  been refused  under  sub-section (1) may file  an appeal on the High  Court  within thirty days of the  refusal of  the review application.


(3)        The  Federal Government shall appoint a  Prescribed Organizations Review  Committee to  determine all review  applications under sub-section.(1)


11-D. Observation Order. Where  the  Federal Government, has  reason to believe that  an organization is  acting in a  manner  that  it  may be  concerned in terrorism:

1.                  The  organization may be kept under observation, if

a.                   The  name of the organization is listed in the  Second Schedule by order of the  Federal  Government ; or

b.                  It  operates under the same name as an organization listed in the  second Schedule.

2.                  An organization or a person aggrieved by the  observation  order  passed under  subsection (1) may file a review application before  the Federal Government, which shall, after  hearing the  applicant, decide the  matter  within sixty days.

3.                  Where  the  organization is under  observation, the Federal Government may further extend the  period of  observation, only after  giving the  organization an opportunity  of f being heard.

4.                  Each observation period shall be for  six m0onths, and  may be  extended by the  Federal Government only after  giving an opportunity of being heard to the  organization concerned.


11-E.   Measures to  be taken against a prescribed organization.--

Where  any organization shall  be prescribed .

(1)               Amongst  other measures to be taken by the  Federal Government-

a.                   It  offices, if any, shall be sealed;

b.                  Its accounts, if any shall be frozen;

c.                   All literature, posters, banners or printed, electronic, digital or  other   

            material shall be seized; and

d.                     Publication , printing or dissemination of  any press statements, press conferences or public utterances b or  on behalf of or in support of a      prescribed organization shall be  prohibited.

(2)               The Prescribed Organization shall submit all accounts of its  Income and  expenditure  for its political and social welfare activities and  disclose all funding sources to  the  competent  authority designated by the  Federal Government.


11-F. Membership, support and meetings relating to a Prescribed Organization.

1          A person is guilty of an offence if he belongs or professes  to belong to a prescribed  organization.

2.         A person is  guilty of an offence under sub-section (1) shall be liable of 

conviction to a term not  exceeding six months imprisonment and a  fine.

3.         A person commits an offence if he,

a.                     Solicits or invites support for  a prescribed organization, and the  support is not, restricted to, the  provision of  money of  other  property; or

b.                     Arranges, manages or assists in managing, or  addressing a  meeting which he know is—

i.                     To support a prescribed organization;

ii.                   To further the activities of a prescribed organization; or

iii.                  To be addressed by a person who belongs or professes to belong to a prescribed organization.

4.                  A person commit an offence if he addresses a meeting, or  delivers a sermon to  a religious gathering, by any means whether verbal, written, electronic, digital or  otherwise, and the  purpose of  his address or  sermon, is to encourage support for a prescribed organization or to further its  activates.

5.                  A person commits an offence if he solicits, collects, or raises funds for a prescribed organization.

6.                  A person guilty of an offence under sub-sections (3), (4) and (5) shall be liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not less than one year and not more than five and a fine.


11-G. Uniform.

1)                  A person commits an offence if he-

(a)                Wears carries or displays any article, symbol, or any  flag or  banner  connected with or associated with any prescribed organization; or

(b)               Carries, wears or displays any uniform, item of  clothing or dress in such away or in such  circumstances as  to arouse reasonable suspicion that he is a member or supporter of  a prescribed organization.

2)                  A person who commit  an offence under sub-section (1) shall be liable by  

way of summary procedure to simple imprisonment for a term not more exceeding  three months or to a fine or to both


11-H. Fund raising.

1)                   A person commits an offence if he—

(a)                Invites another to provide money or other property, and

(b)               Intends that it should be used, or has reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used, for  the purpose of terrorism.


2)                   A person commits an offence if

(a)                 He received money or other property, and

(b)               Intends that it  should be used, or has reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used, for the purposes of terrorism.


3)                  A person commits an offence if he,

(a)                Provides money or the property, and

(b)               Knows or has  reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for  the purposes of terrorism.


4)                  In this section a reference to the provision of  money or other property is  a reference to its being given, lent or otherwise made available, whether or  not  for consideration.


11-I.  Use and possession.

1)                  He uses  money or other property for the  purposes of terrorism; or

2)                  He-

(a)                Possesses money or other property; and

(b)               Intends that  it should be used, or has reasonable cause to suspect that  it may be used, for the purposes of terrorism.


11-J.    Funding  Arrangements.

1)                  A person commits an offence if he

(a)                Enters into or becomes concerned in an arrangement as a result of  which money or other  property is made available or is  to be  made available to another, and

(b)               Has  reasonable cause to suspect that it will be used for the  purposes of terrorism.


11-K.   Money-laundering.

1)                   A Person commits an offence if   he  enters into or becomes  concerned in any arrangement which facilitates the  retention or  control, by or  on behalf of another person, of terrorist property.

(a)                By concealment,

(b)               By removal from the  jurisdiction.

(c)                By transfer of nominees, or

(d)               In any other way.


2)                  It  is a defence   for a person charged with an offence under sub-section (1) to prove that  he did not know and  had no reasonable cause to  suspect that the  arrangement related to terrorist property.


11-L.   Disclosure of Information.

            (1) Where a person-

(a)                Believes or  suspects that  another person has  committed an offence under this  Act; and

(b)               Bases his belief or suspicion on information which  comes  to his


2)                  It is a defence for  a person charged with an offence  under  sub-section (1) of this section to prove that he had  a reasonable excuse for  not making the disclosure:

Provided that this sub-section does not  require disclosure, by a  professional

legal advisor of any information which he obtains in privileged circumstances.

3)                  A person may disclose  to  a police officer

i)                    A suspicion or belief that any money or  other  property is terrorist property or  is  derived  from terrorist property: or

ii)                   Any matter on which the suspicion is based.


4)                  Sub-section (3) shall have effect notwithstanding any restriction on the  disclosure of information imposed by any law  for  the time being in force:


11-M.  Cooperation with Police.

1)                  A person does not commit an offence under  Section 11-K, if he is acting  with the express consent of  a police officer not below the rank of a  Deputy Superintendent; and 


2)                  Subject to sub-sections (3) and (4) under this section, a person does not  commit an offence under Sections 11-H to 11-K by involvement in a transaction or arrangement relating to money or  the  property  if he discloses to a police officer-

(a)                His  suspicion or  belief that the money or other  property is terrorist property, and

(b)               The information on which his  suspicion  or  belief is based.


3)                  Sub-section (2) under this  section applies only where a person makes a disclosure.

(a)                After he becomes  concerned in the  transaction concerned;

(b)               On his own initiative;  and

(c)                As soon as  is reasonably practicable.


4)                  Sub-section (2) under  this section does not apply to a person if 

(a)                A police officer  forbids his  to  continue  his involvement in the transaction or  arrangement to which the  disclosure  relates, and

(b)               He continues his involvement.


5)                  It  is a  defence  for a person charged with an offence under Section 11-H to 11-J  to prove that-

(a)                He intends to make a disclosure, and

(b)               There is reasonable excuse for his failure to do so.


11-N.   Punishment under Sections 11-H to 11-K.    Any person who commits an offence under Sections 11-H to 11-K shall be punishable on conviction with imprisonment for  a term no less than six months and not  exceeding five years and with fine.


11-O. Seizure and  detention.  An officer  authorized by the Provincial Government in this behalf, hereinafter  referred  to as  the  “authorized officer” may seize  and detain any cash recovered, if he has  reasonable  grounds for  suspecting that-

(a)                It is intended to be used for  the purposes of terrorism,

(b)               It forms the  whole or part of the  resources of a prescribed organization, and includes any cash which is applied or  made available, or  is  to  be  applied or  made available, for  use by  organization whether  being  imported  into, or  exported from, Pakistan; or

(c)                It is  terrorist  property  within the  meaning given in Section 2(aa):

Provided that  any cash seized under  this  section shall be  released  not  later  than  the end of the  period  of  48 hours beginning with  the  time  when it is  seized, unless an application has been  made to the  Court under  Section 11-P and  an order  has been obtained for  its  detention for a  further  specified  period.


11-P.    Application by authorized officer to  a Court.

1)                  An authorized officer may apply to a Court   for  an order under  this  section in relation to any  cash seized under  Section 11-O.


2)                  An order under this  section-

(a)                Shall authorize, the  further  detention, under  Section 11-O of the case to  which it  relates for  a period specified  in the  order, if the  continued  detention of the  cash is justified pending completion of  an investigation of  its origin or  derivation;


(b)               Shall specify a period which ends not later than  the  period of  three months beginning with the  date of the  order; and

(c)                Shall  require  notice  to be  given to the  person from whom the  cash was  seized and to any other  person who is  affected by and  specified in the  order.


3)                  Any cash   detained under  Section  11O. if  detained for  a further  specified period  under  this section shall be held in  profit and  loss account and  the  profit  and the profit and loss so  earned  shall be added to it on its  released or  forfeiture.


11-Q.   Forfeiture.

1)                  The Court by or  before  which  a person  is  convicted of an offence under any of the Sections 11-H to 11-M may make  a  forfeiture order  in accordance with the provisions of this section.


2)                  Where  a person is convicted  of an offence under Section 11-1-1(1) or (2) or Section 11-1, the  Court may  order  the  forfeiture of any  money  or other  property-

(a)                Which, at  the  time of the  offence, he  had in his  possession or  under his  control; and

(b)               Which,  at  that  time , he  intended should  be used, or  had  reasonable cause  to  suspect might be used, for  the  purposes  of  terrorism.


3)                  Where a person has been convicted  under Section 11-H (3), the Court may order  the  forfeiture of  any money or other  property-

(a)                Which at the time , he  knew or  had reasonable  cause to suspect would  or  might be used  for  the  purposes of terrorism.

(b)               Which, at the  time, he  knew or had  reasonable  cause  to suspect  would or might  be used  for  the  purposes of terrorism.


4)                  Where a person is convicted of an offence under Section 11-J, the  Court may order the  forfeiture of  the money of other  property-

(a)                To  which the  arrangement in question related; and

(b)               Which, at the  time of the  offence,  he  knew or ha reasonable cause to  suspect  would  or might  be  used  for  the  purposes  of  terrorism.


5)                  Where  a person is  convicted of  an offence under Section 11-K, the Court  may order the  forfeiture of the money or  other property to which the  arrangement in question related.


6)                  Where a person is convicted  of  and offence under  any of the  Sections 11-H to 11-K the Court may  order  forfeiture of any  money or other property which wholly or partly, and  directly or indirectly, is received by any person as  a payment of other  reward  in connection with the  commission  of the  offence.


11-R. Authorized officer may apply to Court for forfeiture.

1)                  Any  authorized officer may apply to the Court for an order  forfeiting  the cash being detained under  Sections 11-P and 11 Q.


2)                  The  Court may grant an application only if  satisfied on the  balance of probabilities  that the cash is cash of a kind as  defined in section 11-Q, and before so doing must give an opportunity to be heard to any person-

(a)                Who is not  a party to the  proceedings, and

(b)               Who claims to be  the  owner of or otherwise interested in any of  the  cash which can be forfeited under this section.


3)                  An order  may be made under this section, whether or  not  proceedings are brought against any person  for an offence with which the  cash is connected.


11-S. Appeal against  forfeiture order under Section 11-R.

1)                  Any party to the  proceedings in which a forfeiture order is made under Section 11-R, may appeal to the  High Court against  such an order.

2)                  An appeal must be brought before the  end of the period  of thirty days  beginning with the dated on which  the forfeiture order was  made.


11-T.   Deposit of Cash in a fund.

1)                  Any cash to which a forfeiture  order under Sections 11-R and  11-S applies, alongwith the profit and loss accrued, shall be deposited into a special fund  to be notified by the Federal  Government.

(a)                After the  expiry  of the  limitation period within which an appeal  against the  forfeiture order may be  brought under Section 11-S (2), or

(b)               Where an appeal  brought under Section 11-S has been determined and  disposed of.


2)                  Any fund constituted by the Federal Government under sub-section (1) may also be used to  compensate victims of acts of terrorism or  in  the  case of deceased victims of acts of terrorism or in the case of deceased victims, their dependents.


11-U.  Deproscription.

1)                  After  three years of the  disposal of the  appeal, if any, or  where no appeal was filed, from the  date of the order of proscription, or from the  dated of  any refusal of  an applications of deproscription, the  prescribed organization may apply in writing to the Federal Government for the  exercise of its power  under  Section 11-B (d)  to remove the  organization from the  First  Schedule, where  the  prescribed organization feels that  it  can prove  to the  satisfaction of  the Federal Government that  the  reasons for  its proscription have  creased to exist.


2)                  The  Federal Government  shall decide such application within a  period of ninety days, after  providing a reasonable opportunity of hearing to the  applicant.



11-V.   Directing terrorist  activities.

1)                  A person  commits an  offence if he—

(a)                Directs, at  any level, whilst resident in Pakistan or abroad, activities of an organization concerned with the preparation, instigation or  commission of acts of terrorism; or

(b)               Directs,  from within the  country  or abroad connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of  terrorism.


2)                  A person guilty of  an offence under  sub-section (1) shall be  liable on conviction to  imprisonment for  a maximum  term of  seven years and  to  forfeiture  or  confiscation of  his assets  within or  outside Pakistan.


11-W.  Printing, publishing, or  disseminating any material to incite hatred  or giving projection  to any person convicted for  a terrorist  act or  any prescribed organization or an organization placed under  observation or anyone concerned in terrorism.

1)                  A person commits  an  offence if he prints, publishes or disseminates any material,  whether  by audio or video-cassettes or by  written, photographic, electronic, digital, wall-chalking or any method  which incites  religious, sectarian or  ethnic hatred or gives projection to any person convicted for a terrorist act, or any person or  organization concerned in terrorism or  any person organization or an organization placed under  observation:

Provided that a factual news report, made in good faith, shall not be 

              construed to mean ”projection” for  the  purposes of this section.


2)                  Any person guilty of an offence under sub-section (1) shall be  liable  by  way of  summary procedure, on conviction, to a maximum term of  six months imprisonment and a fine.


11-X. Responsibility for creating civil commotion.

1)                  A person  commits an offence if he makes any call for  action or  shut-down, imposed through the  sue of  threats or  force  resulting in damage or  destruction of  property or  injury  to  person, to intimidate citizens and prevent  them  from carrying our  their  lawful trade or  business activity.


2)                  A person  guilty of  an offence  under  sub-section (1) shall on conviction be  punishable with imprisonment  for  a term  not less than  six months and not more  than five  years and shall pay compensation as  may be  determined by the  Court, from the  funds of the organization to which  he  belongs or f from his  own  personal resources or  assets for  the  hurt  or damage or  destruction  caused as  result of  the  commission of  the  offence  under  sub-section (1).


3)                  A person  commits an offence if  he  addresses a meeting  or  gathering  or  delivers a  sermon to religious  gathering by any means whether verbal, written, electronic, digital or  otherwise  to  incite  religious,  sectarian or  ethnic hatred  and  contempt, and  shall, on conviction,  be  punishable with imprisonment not  less than six  months and not more than  three year s of  fine  or with both.



12. Jurisdiction of  [9](Anti-Terrorism Court)-

1)                  Not with standing  anything contained in the  Code or  in any other  law, a scheduled offence committed in an area  in a Province shall be  triable only by  the  Special  Court  exercising  territorial jurisdiction in relation to  such area.


2)                  Notwithstanding  anything contained in  sub-section (1), if, in respect of a  case involving a scheduled offence  committed in any area, the   Government having regard to the facts and circumstances of the  case, it satisfied  that  in order  to  ensure  a fair  trial, or  for  the  protection and  safety of  witnesses, that  such  offence should be  tried  by  [10](Anti-Terrorism Court) established  in the  relation to  any other  area, the  Government  may make a  declaration to  that  effect.

Explanation.  Where a Special Court is established in relation  to  two  or more  areas,  such  Special  Court shall  be  deemed, for  the  purpose of this  sub-section, to have d been established  in relation to  each of  such areas.


3)                  Where a  declaration is made  in respect  of an offence committed  in an  area in a Province, any prosecution in respect of such  offence shall be instituted only in the  Special Court  established in relation to such area, and,  if any prosecution  in respect of such offence is pending  immediately before such declaration in any other  Court, the same shall stand transferred to such  Special  Court and such [11](Anti-Terrorism Court) shall  proceed  with  such  case from the stage  at  which  it  was  pending at that  time without   the  necessity of recalling any witnesses.


[12][13.   Establishment of  (Anti-Terrorism Court)]-

1)                  For  the  purpose of providing  for  the  speedy trial of the  cases  referred to in subsection (2) and subsection (3)  of section 39-A, and of  scheduled offences, the Federal Government, or  if so  directed by the  Government, the  Provincial Government may establish by notification one  or more  Anti-terrorism Courts in  relation to  [each territorial area as  specified by the High Court][13]


2)                  Where  more  Anti-Terrorism Courts than one have been established in any area, the  Government in consultation with the  Chief  Justice of the  High  Court shall [keeping in view the seniority and  status of the member of  various Court in that  area, designated a member of any such  Court to  be  an administrative member][14] and all cases of  friable under this Act. Pertaining to  the said area shall be filed before the [administrative Member ad such  Administrative member may either assign the case for trial to  the  Court  of which  he is a Member][15]  or , assign any  case, or cases for trial to any other  Anti-Terrorism Court at  any time prior to  the  framing of the  charge. The  cases shall be assigned to  a  case at a time:


Provided that in order to ensure that  the time of the  Court is not  wasted if

 for  some reason a given case  cannot  proceed  more than  one case  can be    

assigned  to it  at any time or  from  time to time.


3)                  In respect of a case assigned to a Court under  subsection (2), all orders made or  proceeding taken before  the assignment  shall be deemed  to have  been made  or  taken by  the  Court to which  the  case has  been assigned


4)                  [16][Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (2) and  sub-section (3), the Federal Government or if so directed by the Government, the  Provincial Government shall in addition to the  existing [Anti-Terrorism Court][17] or such other [Anti-Terrorism Courts][18]  as may be  established in  area, establish one such additional [Anti-Terrorism Court][19]  under this Act at  the Principal seat of the [each High Court][20] and appoint a Judge of  such  High Court as a Judge of [Anti-Terrorism Court][21] in consultation with the  Chief justice of the High Court concerned, and where  a judge of High  Court is  appointed  as a Judge for any area under this  Act, he shall be  the administrative Judge  for that  area  and such administrative  Judge, in addition to the  powers  exercisable under  this  Act, either  suo motu or on the application of any party, at any stage of  the proceedings  whether  before or  after the  framing o  charge for sufficient cause including as mentioned in sub-s. (1)  of S. 28, transfer, withdraw or recall any case  pending before  any other [Anti-Terrorism Court][22]  in that area and may either  try the case himself or  make it  over  for trial in any other  [Anti-Terrorism Court][23] in that area.


5)                  The  [Anti-Terrorism Court][24]  to which a case is transferred or recalled for  trial under  subs-s. (4), shall proceed with the  case from the  stage at which it was pending immediately  before such  transfer or recall and it  shall not be  bound to recall or  rehear any  witness who has given evidence and may act on the evidence already recorded ]


14.              Composition and appointment of presiding officers of  [25](Anti-Terrorism Court)-

1)                  (1) (Anti-Terrorism Court) shall consist of a Judge,  being a person who:-

i)                     [26][is a Judge of High Court or is]  is or has been Sessions Judge or  an additional Sessions Judge; or

ii)                   has  exercised the power of a District  Magistrate or  an Additional District  Magistrate or and has successfully completed an advance  course in Shariah, (Islamic Law )conducted  by the  International Islamic University Islamabad; or

iii)                 Has  for a period of not less than ten years been  an advocate [27](of High Court)


2)                  Subject to the provisions of subs. (4) the Federal Government or the Provincial Government if directed by the  Federal Government to establish a Court  under this  Act, shall after  consultation with  the  Chief  Justice of the  High Court appoint  a judge of each Court.


3)                  A Judge shall hold office for a period of two and a half years  but may be appointed for  such further  term or  part of term or part of  tem as  the Government  appointing the Judge  may determine



4)                  Judge may be  removed from his  officer  prior to the  completion of the period for  which h he has  been appointed after consultation  with the Chief Justice of High Court.

Explanation. The qualification of being an advocate for  a period of  not les than ten years  may be relaxed in the  case of a suitable  person who is a   graduate  from a Islamic  University and has  studied  Islamic Shariah and Fiqah as  a major  subject.


5)                  [28][In a case  a judge is on leave or for any other  temporarily unable to perform his duties the  Government making appointment of such  judge may , after  consultation with the  Chief justice of High Court authorize the  Sessions  Judge, having jurisdiction  at   the  principal seat of the  Anti-Terrorism  Court to conduct  proceedings of urgent nature so long as  such  judge is unable to perform his duties]


15.       Place of sitting.

1)                  Subject to  Sub-sections (2) and  (3) a Special Court  shall ordinarily sit at such  place or  places as the Government  may , by order  specify in the at  behalf.


2)                  The Government may direct that  for the trial of a particular  case the Court shall sit at such  place including  the  place of  occurrence of  an offence as it may specify.



3)                  Except in a case where a place of sitting has been specified  under  sub-section (2) a Special Court may, if  it  considers it  expedient or desirable so to  do either suo motu  or  on the  application of the  public  prosecutor sit, for  holding the  trial of  a case at  any place including a mosque other  than the  ordinary place of its sitting.


16.       Oath by (Anti-Terrorism Court)

[29][Member] of  (Anti-Terrorism Court)[30] shall at the  commencement of a   proceeding under this  Act,  make oath ,, in the case of a Muslim, on the  Holy   Quran, to the  effect that  he shall  decide the case honestly, faithfully and  considering himself accountable t  Almighty  Allah, and in case of as non-Muslim  in accordance with[31] “the  constitution, law and his conscience”.


17.       Power of (Anti-Terrorism Courts) with respect to  other offences.

When  trying any scheduled offence, a  [32](Anti-Terrorism Court) may also try any offence other than the  scheduled offence with which  the  accused  may, under the  Code, be  charge at the same trial.


18. Public Prosecutors.

1)                  The  Provincial Government shall  appoint in relation to each  Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan  a proficient, diligent  and  professionally  competent  Public  Prosecutors or  Law  Officers  and may also  appoint  one or  more  Additional Prosecutors or  Law Officers:

Provided that  the  Government may also  appoint,  to  any case or  class of cases, a Special Public  Prosecutor.][33]


2)                  Every person appointed as a  Public Prosecutor or  an  Additional Public  Prosecutor or a Special  Public  Prosecutor shall be  deemed to be  a Public  Prosecutor within the  meaning of section 492 of  the  Code, and  the  provisions of  the Code shall have  effect accordingly.


19. Procedure and powers of  Anti-Terrorism Court.

1)                  [(1)      All  offences under this Ordinance, except the  offences in respect of which  the  investigation has already been completed and final report  under  Section 173of  the  Code has been submitted in the  Court , shall be  investigated  by a  Joint Investigation team which shall  comprise of  a police officer not  below the rank of  an Inspector and an officer of any other  investigating Agency, including an intelligence agency, whom the Federal Government, or  as the  case may be ,  the Provincial  Government, may  nominate  for  the purpose. The  Joint  Investigating Team shall  complete  the  Investigation in  respect of a case triable  by an Anti-Terrorism Court within seven working days and forward  directly  to the  Anti-Terrorism Court a report  under  Section173 of  the  Code.

(1A)      The  Joint Investigating Team  referred  to  in  sub-section (1) shall  have  and  exercise  same  powers as  are  vested in an officer  Incharge of a  Police  Station  under  the  Code][34]


2)                  Any default  on the  part of an  officer-in-charge of  a police station, an investigating officer or any other person required by  law to  perform any functions in  connection with  the  investigation, that  result  in, or  has the  effect of , delaying investigation or  submission of the  report  under sub-section (1)  shall be  deemed to be  a willful  disobedience of the  order of the   Special  Court and the  person  committing  the  default  shall be  liable  to  be   punished  for  contempt of  Court.


3)                  The (Anti-Terrorism Court) may directly take cognizance of  a  case  triable  by such Court without  the  case  being sent to it  under section 190 pf the  Code.



4)                  [********][35]

5)                  Where, in a case  triable  by a [36][Anti-Terrorism Court], an accused  has been  released from  police caustody under  section 169 of  the  Code,  or has  been remanded to  judicial custody,  the  Special Court may , on good  grounds being shown by  a public Prosecutor or  a Law Officer of the  Government for reasons to be  recorded  in writing, make an order  for placing him in police  custody  for  the  purpose of  further investigation in the  case.


6)                  [37](Anti-Terrorism Court) shall be deemed to be a  Magistrate for  purpose of [[38]sub-section and (5)]



7)                  [39][ The  Court  shall on taking  cognizance of a case,  proceed with  the  trial from day to day  and  shall decide the case  within  seven working days failing which  an  application may be  made  to  the  Administrative  Judge of the  High  Court concerned  for appropriate  directions for  expeditious disposal of  the  case  to meet the  ends of justice.]


8)                  [40]( Anti-Terrorism Court) shall not  adjourn any trial for any  purpose unless such adjournment is , in its  opinion, necessary in the  interest of  justice and  no adjournment shall, in any case be  granted  for more  than  two  working days.



9)                  [41]( Anti-Terrorism Court) shall  not, merely by reason of  a  change in its  composition or  transfer  of  a case  under  sub-section (3) of  section  12, be  bound to recall and re-hear  any witness who has given evidence and  may act on  the  evidence already recorded.


10)              Any accused  person may be  tried in his absence if the Anti-Terrorism Court, after  such  inquiry as in deems fit, is satisfied that  such  absence is deliberate and brought about  with a view  to impeding the course of  justice:

Provided that, accused  person shall not be  tried under this sub-section  unless a

proclamation has been  published in respect of him in at least  three national daily newspapers out of which one shall be in the  Urdu language requiring him to appear  at a specified  place within seven days failing which  action may also be taken against him under  section 88  of the  Code:

            Provided further  that the  Court  shall proceed  with the  trial after taking  the necessary steps to  appoint an advocate  at the expense of the  State  to  defend the accused  person who is not  before the Court.          


Explanation.-  An accused  who is tried  in his absence under  sub-section shall be  deemed not to have  admitted  the  commission  of  any offence for  which  he has  been charged.


            Sub-section (10) as substituted

11)              The  advocate  appointed  under the  second proviso to  sub-section (10)

shall be  a person selected by [42]( Anti-Terrorism Court) for the  purpose and  he shall be  engaged at the  expense of  the  Government.


(11A)   Nothing contained in sub-section (10)   or  sub-section 11 shall be  construed to deny the accused  the d right to  consult or be defended by a legal  practitioner of his own  choice.


12)              If, within sixty days fro the  date of  his  conviction, any  person tried under sub-section (10) appears  voluntarily, or is apprehended and  brought before the Special Court, and proves  to its satisfaction that he  did not  abscond  or  conceal himself for  the purpose of  avoiding the  proceeding  against  him, the  Special Court  shall set  aside  his conviction and proceed to try him in accordance with  law  for  the  offence with  which he  is charged.

Provided that  the [43](Anti-Terrorism Court) may exercise it   powers under this  sub-

section in a case in which  a person  as  aforesaid appears before  it after  the  expiration of the  said period and satisfies it that  he could not  appear within the said period and satisfies it that  he could not  appear within the  said  period  by reason of circumstances beyond his  control.

13)              [44][**********]

14)              Subject to the  other provisions  of this  Act, a Special Court shall for  the purpose of trial of any offence, have all powers of a Court of  Sessions an shall try such offence as if it  were a Court of  Sessions as  far as may  be in  accordance  with the  procedure prescribed in the Code for trial  before a Court  of Sessions.


[45][20. punishment:- ******]


[46][21. protection of Judges, Counsel, Public Prosecutor, witnesses and persons concerned with  Court proceedings-

1)                  The  Court may,  subject  to the  availability of resources, make such  necessary orders to take such measures, as it deems fit , within available resources, for the protection of a  witness, judge, [Member][47]  public prosecutor, counsel and other persons concerned in proceedings for an offence under  this Act, which  may also include the following measures:

(a)                Proceedings may be held in camera, or under  restricted entry of  members of the  public, where necessary for the protection of the judge, [Member][48] witnesses or a victim’s family members or to prevent persons from crowding or storming the  Court to  intimidate the judge or to  create a threatening atmosphere; and

(b)               The names of  judges, [Members][49] counsel, public prosecutor,  witnesses and persons concerned with Court  proceedings shall  not be published; and

(c)                During any inquiry, investigation or  Court  proceedings, whenever the matter of the identification of  the accused arises,  adequate protection shall be provided  to a witness identifying any accused, in order to protect the identity of the witness  from the accused.


2)                  For purposes of protection of the judges, [Members][50] accused, witnesses. Prosecutor and defence  counsel and anyone  concerned with the  Court proceedings, the  Government may adopt such  other  measures as may be appropriate or may be  prescribed [and the  Armed Forces shall  also provide comprehensive  protection and securing to the  judges, members,  to the judges, members, accused, witnesses, prosecutors, Investigators, defiance counsel and all those concerned in the Court proceedings][51]

3)                  The Government shall extend protection to  a judge, [Members][52] a counsel, public prosecutor and  the witnesses during investigation of an offence and  proceedings under this Act. And thereafter, as may considered necessary.]


[53][21-A. Cordons for  Terrorist Investigation. ]

1)                  An area is a  cordoned  area for the purposes of a terrorist investigation under this Act, if it  is so designated under this  section.


2)                  A designation may be  made only by an officer  not  below than rank of a [Deputy Superintendent of  Police or a member of a Joint Investigation Team][54] if he considers it  expedient for  the purposes of  a terrorist  investigation.



3)                  If a designation is made orally, the  officer making it shall  confirm It in writing, as soon as it reasonably practicable.


4)                  The  officer making a designation shall arrange for the  demarcation of the cordoned area, so tar as  is reasonably.



5)                  An area  may be  designated  a cordoned area for  a maximum period of  fourteen days, which may be  extended in writing from time to  time, with each  extension specifying the additional period:

Provided that  a designation shall have  no effect after 28 days  beginning  with the days beginning  with  the day on which  it was made.

6)                  Where a person knows  or has  reasonable cause to suspect that a  terrorist investigation is being conducted or is proposed to be conducted, a person commits  an offence if  he.

(a)                Discloses to another, anything which is likely to  prejudice an investigation; or

(b)               Interferes with  material which h is likely to be relevant to an  investigation.


7)                  Whoever commits an offence under sub-section (6) shall be  liable on conviction to imprisonment for  a term not  less than six  months and  not exceeding  two years, and fine.


8)                  It is a  defence for  a person charged with an offence under sub-section (6) to prove-

(a)                That did not  know and had no  reasonable cause to suspect that  the  disclosure or interference was likely to affect a terrorist investigation; or

(b)               That  he  had reasonable excuse for the disclosure or interference.


9)                  For the purposes of this-

(a)                A reference to conducting a terrorist investigation includes a  reference  to taking part in the  conduct of,  a terrorist investigation; and

(b)               A person interferes with any material if he falsifies it, conceals it, destroys it or disposes of it, or if  he causes or permits another to  do any of these things. 


21-B.   Terrorist investigation.-

1)                   A policeman in uniform, [or a  member of a Join Investigating Team][55] may

(a)                Order  a person in a  cordoned area to leave immediately,

(b)               Order  a person immediately to leave the premises which  are  wholly or partly in or adjacent to a cordoned area,

(c)                Order  the  driver or person  in charge of  a vehicle in a cordoned  area to move it  from the  area immediately.

(d)               Arrange for  the  removal of a vehicle  from the  cordoned area.

(e)                Arrange  for  the  movement of a vehicle within a cordoned  area;

(f)                 Prohibit or restrict  access to a  cordoned area by  pedestrians or  vehicles,

(g)                Enter  and search  any premises in  a cordoned area if he suspects anyone concerned with terrorism is hiding  there,

(h)                Search and arrest any person he reasonably suspects to be a  person concerned in terrorism:

Provide  that any  search of a person shall be  done by  a Police  person  of the  same sex; or

i)                    Lake possession to  any property in a cordoned area he reasonably suspects is likely to be  sued  for the purposes of terrorism.


21- C. Training.

1)                  Weapon Training: A person commits an  offence if he provides,  without  valid authorization from the competent authority, any

(a)                Fire-arms;

(b)               Explosives; or

(c)                Chemical, biological and other weapons.


2)                  A person  commits  an offence if he provides  without valid authorization from the  competent authority, authority, any instruction or training  to any  child under  sub-section (1) and, conviction, shall be liable to a term of  imprisonment of not  less then ten  years and fine.


3)                  A person commits an offence if he receives instruction or  training  from  anyone, without valid authorization from the competent authority, to give such  instruction or  traini9ng or  invites another, specifically or  generally, to receive such  unauthorized instruction or  training in the  making or use of.

(a)                Fire-arms;

(b)               Explosives; or

(c)                Chemical, biological, and other weapons.


4)                  A child commits an offence if he provides, without valid authorization from the  competent authority, any instruction or training, or  if  he  receives such  unauthorized instruction, or training or invites another  specifically or generally, to receive such   unauthorized instruction or training in the making or use of –

a.       Fire-arm;

b.      Explosives; or

c.       Chemical, biological, and other weapons.


5)                  A child guilty  of an offence under sub-section (4) shall  be liable  on conviction to imprisonment for a term not less than six months and not  exceeding  five  years.


6)                  A person guilty of an offence under sub-sections (1) to (3) shall  be liable  on conviction  to  imprisonment for  a  term not  exceeding ten years , or  fine or with both.



7)                  Training Terrorism.

(a)      A person commits an offence if he provides, generally or  specifically, any    instruction or training in acts of terrorism.

(b)    A person commits an offence if he receives any instruction or  training in acts of terrorism or invites another, specifically or  generally, to receive such instruction or training.

(c)     A person guilty of  an offence under sub-section (a) and (b) shall, on conviction, be liable to imprisonment of either  description  for a term of  not less than  not less  one year and not more than  ten years  and fine.

(d)    A person  is guilty of an offence  if he provides, any instruction or training in acts of terrorism  to a child, and on conviction shall be liable  on conviction to imprisonment  of  either  description for a term not less than  ten years and  fine.

(e)    A child commits an offence  if he provides, generally or  specifically, any instruction or training  in acts of terrorism, and  on conviction, shall be  liable to imprisonment for a term not less  than six months  and not more than five years.

(f)     A child commits  an offence if he receives,  generally  or  specifically, instructions or  training in acts of terrorism, and on  conviction, shall be liable to  imprisonment  for a term not  less than six months and not  more  than five years.


8)                  A Court  by which  a person is convicted of an offence under this  section, may order the  forfeiture of any thing  or property which  it considers to  have  been in the person’s possession for  purposes  connected with  the offence, after  giving any person , other than the convicted person who claims to be  the owner or is otherwise interested,  an opportunity of being heard.

21-D. Bail.-

1)                  Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 439, 491, 496, 497, 498-A, and 561-A of  the Code, no Court,  other than an Anti-terrorism Court, a High Court or the Supreme Court of Pakistan, shall  have  the power or jurisdiction to grant bail  to or otherwise release and accused. Person in a case triable by an  Anti-terrorism Court.


2)                  All offences under this Act punishable with death or  imprisonment [***][56] exceeding three years shall be non-bailable.

                         Provided that if there appear  reasonable grounds for believing that  any person  accused of non-bailable offence has been  guilty of an offence punishable  with death or imprisonment for  life  or imprisonment  for not less  than ten years, such person shall not be released on bail.


3)                  Subject to sub-section (2), the  Court may admit a person to bail  unless satisfied that  there are substantial grounds for  believing that the  person,  if released on bail (whether  subject to  conditions or not), would-

(a)                Fail  to surrender to  custody ;

(b)               Commit an offence  while on bail;

(c)                Interfere with a witness; otherwise  obstruct or attempt to obstruct the  course of  justice, whether in relation to himself or  another  person; or

(d)               Fail to  comply  with the conditions of release (if any).


4)                  In exercising its powers in relation to a person seeking bail under this Act, the Court shall  have  regard to such of the following considerations (as well as to any others which tt consider relevant)

(a)                The nature and  seriousness of  the offence with  which the person is charged;

(b)               The character, antecedents, associations and community ties  of  the  person;

(c)                The  time which the person has already  spent in custody and the  time which  he is likely to spend in custody if he is not  admitted  to bail; and

(d)               The strength of the evidence of  his  having  committed the offence.


5)                  Without  prejudice to any other power  to impose conditions on  admission  to bail, the Court admitting a person to bail under this section may  impose such conditions as it  consider,

(a)                Likely to result in the person’s appearance at the time and place  required, or

(b)               Necessary in the interests of justice or for  the  prevention of  crime.


6)                  It shall be lawful for the person  to be held in military or police protective custody in accordance with the conditions of his bail.


7)                  The Government or the Court may, under this  Section, at any  time, in respect of a person charged of and offence under this  Act, if it  considers it necessary,  by special or general  order, direct special arrangements  to be made  as to the place at which the person is to be held  in order.

(a)                To prevent his escape; or

(b)               To  ensure  his safety or  the safety of others.


21-E.   Remand.-

1)                  Where  a person  is detained  for  investigation , the Investigating Officer, within twenty-four  hours of the arrest, excluding the  time necessary for the journey form  the  place of arrest to the Court, shall produce the accused before the  Court,  and may apply for remand of the   accused to police  custody [or  custody of any investigating Agency joined in the investigation][57] M for  which the maximum period allowed may be fifteen days;

Provided that, where  an accused cannot within twenty-four hours be  produced before the Court, a temporary order for police custody, [or custody of any other  Investigating Agency joined in the investigation][58] not exceeding twenty-four hours may be obtained from the nearest Magistrate for the purposes  of producing  the accused before  the Court within that  period.


2)                  No extension of the time of the remand of the accused in police custody [or custody of any other Investigating Agency joined in the  investigation ][59] shall be allowed, unless it can be shown by the Investigating Officer, to the satisfaction of the Court that  further evidence may be  available and the Court is satisfied that no bodily harm has been or  will be caused to the accused;


Provided that the total  period of such remand shall not  exceed  thirty days.

3)                  The court shall be deemed to be  a Magistrate for  purposes of  sub-section (1).


21-F.    Remissions.- Notwithstanding anything contained in any law or prison rules of the time being in force, no remission in any  sentence shall be allowed  to person, other  than a child who is convicted and sentenced for any offence under this Act, unless granted by the Government.


21-G.   Trial of offences.  All offences under this  Act shall be tried by the anti-Terrorism Court established under this Act.


21-H.   Conditional admissibility of confession.- Notwithstanding  any thing contained in the  Qanoon-e-Shahadat, 1984 (President’s Order No.10 of 1984) or any  other law  for the time being  in force, where in any  Court  proceeding  held under this  Act the  evidence (which  inculde’s circumstantial proceedings held under this Act the evidence ) produced  raises  the  presumption that  there is a reasonable  probability that the accused has  committed the  offence, any  confession  made by the accused during investigation without being  compelled, before  a police officer  not below  the  rank of a  District Superintendent of Police, may  be  admissible in evidence against him if the  Court so deems fit;

            Provided  that the  District  Superintendent of Police before recoding  any such  confession, had  explained to the person  making it that he is not  bound to make a confession and  that if he does  so it may be used as  evidence against his and that no District Superintendent of Police  has  recorded  such  confession unless, upon questioning the person making it  the District  Superintendent of Police had  reason to believe that it was made  voluntarily; and that when he recorded  the confession, he made  a memorandum at the foot  of such record to the following effect.

            ‘I   have explained to (…name…) that  he is not bound  to make a confession and that if he does so any confession he may make may   be used  as  evidence  against him  and  I believes that this  confession was  voluntarily  made. It  was taken in my presence, and was read  over to the  person making it  and admitted by him to be correct, and  it contains a full and  true account of  the  statement  made by him.



                                                                                                Superintendent of Police.


21-I.    Aid and abetment.  Whenever  aids or abets any offence  under this  Act shall be  punishable with the maximum term  of same imprisonment  provided for the offence or the fine provided  for  such offence or with both.


21-J.    Harbouring

1)                  A person commits an offence if he  harbours any person who has committed an  offence under this Act.

2)                  A person guilty of an offence under sub-section (1) shall  be liable on conviction to punishment as provided in Sections 216  and 216-A of  the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of  1860 ).


21-K.   Offences triable by way of summary procedure.—All offences under this Act punishable with imprisonment  for a term of not more  than six months with or  without fine  shall be tried by way of summary procedure.


21-L.   Punishment for an Absconder.- Whenever being accused of an  offence under this  Act, absconds and avoids arrest or evades appearance before any inquiry, investigation or  Court  proceeding or  conceals himself, and obstructs  the  course of justice, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of  not  less than six months and not more  than five years  or with  fine or  with  both.


21-M.  Joint Trial

1)                  While trying any offence under this act, a  Court  may also try and other  offence which an accused may, under  the  Code of  Criminal Procedure, 1898, be charged, at the same  trial if the offence is  connected  with such  other offence.


2)                  If, in the course  of any  trial under this  Act of any offence  it is  found that  the  accused  person has committed any other  offence  under  this Act or any  other  law  for the  time  being  in force, the  Court  may convict an accused  for  such other law for the time  being in force, the Court  may convict an accused  for  such other offence and pass any sentence authorized by this  Act or as  the  case may be,  such other  law, for  the punishment thereof.


22.       Manner  and place of execution of sentence.- The Government may specify  the manner, mode and place of execution of any  sentence passed  under this  Act, having regard to the  deterrent  effect which such execution is likely to have.


23.       Power to transfer  cases  to regular  Courts.- Where, after  taking cognizance of an offence, a Special  Court is of opinion that  the offence is not  a scheduled  offence, it shall, notwithstanding that  it has no jurisdiction to  try such offence, transfer the  case  for trial of such offence to any  Court having jurisdiction under the  Code, and the  Court to which the case is  transferred may proceed with the trail of the offence as if  it had taken cognizance of the offence.


[60][24    Appellate Tribunal. There shall be one or more Appellate Tribunals for each province  consisting of one or  two Judges of the High Court to be nominated  by the Chief Justice of the said Court and notified by the  Government.

Explanation.- In this  section ‘High Court’ means the High Court of  the Province for which  Special Court has been constituted.]


25.       Appeal.-

1)                  An appeal against the  final judgment of a  Special Court shall be to [61]a High Court”

2)                  Copies of the Judgment of a Special  Court shall be  supplied  to the accused and the Public prosecutor free of cost on the day the judgment is pronounced and the record of the trial shall be  transmitted  to the [62]“High Court”  within  three days of the  decision.

3)                  An appeal under sin-section (1) may be  preferred by a person sentenced by a Special  Court to  [63]“a High Court” within seven days  of the  passing of the sentence.

4)                  The  Attorney General  or an  Advocate General  may, on being  directed  by the  Federal of  a Provincial  Government,  file an appeal against an  order of acquittal or a sentence passed by a Special  Court within fifteen days  of  such order.

5)                  An appeal  under this section shall be heard and decided by  “a High Court ” within seven working days.

6)                  [64][Omitted by Ordi. IV of  1999 and XIII pf 1999, w.e.f. 27.4.1999].

7)                  Omitted by Ordi. IV of  1999 and XIII pf 1999, w.e.f. 27.4.1999

8)                  Pending  the  appeal  “a High Court ” shall  not  release the  accused on  bail.

9)                  [65]Any appeal being before an Appellate  Tribunal immediately before the  commencement of thte  Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) ordinance, 1998, on  appeal reversed an order  or judgment passed by a Special  Court, an appeal  may be  filed against  such  order  or judgment in the Special Court within thirty days of such  commencement.


[66][26.   Omitted by Ordi. IV of  1999 and XIII pf 1999, w.e.f. 27.4.1999].


27. Punishment for  defective investigation.- If a special  Court or  [67]“a High Court” comes to  conclusion during the  course of or at  the   conclusion of the  trial that  the investigating  officer, or other  concerned officers have  failed to  pursue  the  case  property and  in breach of their duties it  shall be lawful for such  Court or, as the  case may be [68]“High Court” to punish the delinquent officers with  imprisonment which may extend to two years, or with  fine or  with both by resort to summary  proceedings.


28.       Transfer of cases.-

1)                  Notwithstanding anything  contained  In this  Act, the  [69]High  Court may if it   considers it  expedient so to do in the  interest of  justice, or  where  the  convenience or safety of the  witnesses or  the  safety of the  accused  so requires transfer any  case  from one Special  Court to  another  Special  Court  within or  outside  the area.

2)                  [70](An anti-Terrorism Court) to which a case is transferred  under sub-section (1) shall proceed  with  the case from  the stage at which  it  was pending  Immediately before  such  transfer and It shall not  be bound to  recall and re-hear any witness who  has given  evidence and may act on the evidence already recorded.


29.       Trial before (Anti-Terrorism Court) to have precedence.- A trial under this Act of  an offence by (An anti-Terrorism Court)[71]  and  the  appearance of an  accused before it, shall have  precedence over the trial of any  other case against the accused in any other  Court, except  on its original side.


30.       Modified application of certain provisions of  the Code.-

1)                  Notwithstanding  anything contained in the Code or in any other  law, every scheduled offence shall be deemed to be  a cognizable offence within the  meaning  of  clause (f) of  section 4 of the Code and the words “cognizable case” as defined in that  clause  shall be  construed  accordingly.

2)                  Sections 374 to 379 of the Code shall apply  in relation to a  case involving  a scheduled offence  subject  to the  modification that the  references to a “Court of Sessions” [72][] wherever  occurring therein, shall be  construe as reference to  “Special Court” [73][].

3)                  [74] [(3)********

4)                  *************]


31.      Finality of Judgment.- A judgment or order passed, or  sentence a warded, by a Special  Court,  subject to the  result of an appeal under  this Act shall be final and shall not  be  called in question in any  Court.


32.      Overriding effect of Act.-

1)                  The  provisions of this  Act shall  have  effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Code or any other  law  but, save as expressly provided in this  Act, the provisions of the  Code shall, in so far  as they  are not  inconsistent  with the provisions of this Act, apply to the  proceedings before a special Court, and  for the purpose of  the said  provisions  of the  Code, a Special Court  shall be deemed to be a Court of Sessions.

2)                  In particular and without  prejudice to the  generality of the provisions  contained in subsection (1), the provisions of section 350 of  the  Code  shall, as for as my  be, apply to the  proceedings before a  Special  Court, and for this purpose  any reference in those  provision to a Magistrate shall be  construed as  reference  to  [75](An anti-Terrorism Court).


33.       Delegation.-  The Government  may, by  notification,  delegate, subject to such  conditions as may be  specified  therein, all or any of the  powers exercisable by it under this  Act.


34.       Power to amend the Schedule.-  The  Government may,  by  notification, amend the [76][First, Second and Third  Schedule] so as to add any  entry  there to or  modify or  omit  any  entry therein.


34.       Power to make rules.- The Government  may, by notification,  make such  rules, if any  as  It may  deem necessary  carrying out the purposes of  this Act.


[77][35.   Power  to make rules.-

1)                  A high Court may  make such rules, if any, as it may deem necessary for  carrying out the purposes  of this  Act.

S. 35 as  originally enforced was  declared to be not  valid being  violative of Art. 175 and 203 of the  Constitution. PLD 1998  S.C. 1445. The same has been substituted by Ordi. IX of  1998. Not  valid as it militates  against the concept of independence of judiciary[78]


36.       Savings.-

1)                  Nothing contained in this  Act shall affect the  jurisdiction exercisable by, or  the  procedure  applicable to, any Court or other  authority under  any law  relating to the  Naval, Military or Air Forces or any other  armed force of the Government.

2)                  For the removal of any doubt, it  is herby  declared that, for the purposes of any such law as is  referred to  in sub-section (1), a Special  Court  shall  be deemed to be  a Court of ordinary  criminal  jurisdiction.


[79][37.   Contempt of  Court.   A Special Court  shall have  the power to  punish with imprisonment  for a term which may  extend to six months  and  with fine any person who-

(a)                Abuses, interferes with or  obstructs the process of the Court in  any  way  or disobeys  any order or direction of the Court ;

(b)               Scandalizes the Court otherwise does anything which h tends to  bring the  Court or  a person constituting the Court   into hatred, ridicule or contempt;

(c)                Does  anything which  ten to prejudice the determination of a matter pending  or most likely to come up before the Court; or

(d)               Does  anything which, by any other law,  constitutes contempt of Court.

Explanation. In this section, “Court” means Special Court  Notes: Section 37 has been substituted by Ord. IX of  1998.


38.       Punishment for terrorist act  committed before this before this Act.-

Where a  person has committed  an offence before  the  commencement of this  Act  which  if committed after  the date on which h this  Act  comes into force  would constitute a  terrorist  act hereunder he shall be tried under this Act but shall be liable  to   punishment as authorized by law at the time the offence was  committed.


39.       Indemnity.-  No suit, prosecution or other  legal proceedings shall lie against any person in respect of anything which  is in good faith done or intended  to be done under this Act.


[80][39-A. Removal of difficulties.- If any  difficulty arises in giving   effect to any  provisions of this  Act,  the  Federal Government may make such  order, not inconsistent with  the  provisions of this Act, as may appear to it to  be nec3essary  for the  purposes of removing the difficulty.]


[39-B. Repeal and savings---

1)                  The suppression of Terrorist Activities (Special Courts) Act, 1975 is hereby repealed.

2)                  Notwithstanding  the  repeal of the Suppression of  Terrorist Activities (Special Courts) Act, 1975 (XV of 1975) and the  amendment of the   Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 (XXVII of 1997), by the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance, 2001.

(a)                Every order, decision or judgment passed by any Anti-terrorism Court  constituted under this Act or Special Court   constituted  under  the Suppression of Terrorist  Activities (Special Courts) Act 1975, or any appellate Court before  such repeal or  amendment shall remain in force and operative and the repeal or amendment  shall not  affect the  previous  operation of the  law or any thing duly done or suffered or  punishment incurred,

(b)               Ever  case, appeal and  legal proceedings  whatsoever  filed or  pending before any Court under the  Suppression of Terrorist  Actives (Special  Courts) Act.  1975, Including the High Court and the  Supreme  Court shall continue to be proceeded with In accordance with  law before the  concerned  Court of  competent  jurisdiction, including the  Court  established under  this  Act, and  all orders  passed, decisions made and judgments delivered  hereafter  by such  concerned  Court  whether  original, appellate or  revisional,  shall be  deemed to have  been validly  and competently made;

(c)                All  convictions  made,  punishments or sentences awarded by the  Anti-terrorism Court  or  Special  Court or  an appellate  Court before  such  repeal or  amendment shall be  executed as if  the  said  Acts  where  in force;

(d)               Any investigation or inquiry under this  Act or  the Suppression  of terrorist  Activities  (Special courts ) Act. 1975 made or  instituted before the  commencement dl the  Anti-terrorism (amendment) Ordinance, 20014, shall continue to be  made  and proceeded with in accordance with law;

(e)                All  cases pending  before the  Anti-terrorism Court or Special  court  immediately  before  the  commencement of the  Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance, 2001, if not  covered by  this  act or  clauses (a) and (b) above shall stand  transferred to  the  respective Courts of  Sessions of the  area or  such  other   Courts of competent jurisdiction where  the cases were registered  against  the accused and such  Courts shall proceed  with the  cases from the stage at  which they were  pending, without  the necessity of  recalling any witnesses; and

(f)                 The Court of  Sessions or as the case may be,  any other  Court to  which a case  has  been transferred   from the Anti-terrorism Court or a Special  Court  under  Clause (d) shall try it in  accordance  with the  provisions of the  Code of  Criminal  Procedure,  1898 (Act  V of 1898), and the law applicable to  such  case.]


40.      Amendment of the  Criminal Law  Amendment Act, 1908 (XIV of 1908).- In the Criminal law Amendment Act,  1908(XIV), the  following  amendments shall be made, namely--

(I)                 In section 15 clause (2) in sub-clause (a) for the  words “violence or  intimidation” the words  “terrorism stirring  up sectarianism, violence or intimidation which endanger or  threaten public order” shall be  substituted.

(II)              For Section 16, the following  shall be substituted namely:-

1)                  Declaration of an  association to be  unlawful (1) If  either  the  Federal Government or  the Provincial  Government is  of the   opinion that  an association is an unlawful association it may  call upon the  association to show cause  within fourteen  days  why it  should  not be  declared as unlawful  association for the  purpose of this Act.

2)                  If  after  hearing  the association, the Federal Government or the  Provincial Government is of the  opinion that  the association  is an unlawful association it may declare such association to  be an unlawful association.

3)                  If the Federal Government  or the Provincial  Government is of  the  opinion or to prevent injury to  the people it is just and necessary  to take immediate action, it  may, pending passing of  order  under sub-section (2), by an ad interim order, declare an  association to be  unlawful.

4)                  An association aggrieved by an order under  sub-section (2) may file an appeal before a Board appointed by the  Chief Justice of the  High  Court of the  Province  consisting of a Chairman  and two  other  persons  each of  whom is or  has  been  Judge of a High Court.

5)                  The Board shall decide  the appeal within thirty  days  and may pass such  order as it may  deem  fit.

III)              In section 17:

i)                    In sub-section (1) for the words “six months” the words “five years” shall  be substituted; and

ii)                   In sub-section (2) for the words “three years” the words “seven years”

(IV)           In sections 17A, 17D and 17E, for the words “Provincial Government” wherever  occurring the words v ”Federal Government or the Provincial Government” shall be substituted.



(List of Prescribed  Organizations)

[See Section 11-B]



 (List of  Organization under  Observation)

[See Section 11-D (1) and (a)]



(Scheduled Offences)

See Section 2 (t)


1)                  Any act of terrorism within  the meaning  of this  Act including those offences which  may be  added or  amended in accordance with the provisions of  Section 34 of this Act.

2)                  Any other offence punishable under this Act.

3)                  Any attempt to commit, or any aid or  abetment of , or any  conspiracy to  commit, any of the  aforesaid offences.]


[1] PLD1997 Fed St 225.

[2] PLD 1998 Cent St. 3

[3] PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.

[4] Words ”or” in all probability is likely to commit omitted by ord. No IX of 1998

[5] Subs. By Ordinance XXXIX of  2001;PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.

[6] Added by Ord. No IX of 1998.

[7] Subs. By Ordi. XIII pf 1999 w.e.f. 27.8.1999.

[8] Inserted by Ordinance XXXIX of 2001; PLJ 2001 Fed. St.445.

[9] Subs. By  Ordi. XIII of  1999, w.e.f. 27.8.1999.

[10] Subs. By Ordi. XIII of  1999 w.e.f.  27.8.1999. for  the  word  Special  Court.

[11] Subs. By  Ordi. Ibid.

[12] Subs. By  Ordi. Ibid.

[13] Subs. By Ordi. VII of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167.

[14] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002  167.  

[15] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002  167.

[16] Added by Ordi.XX of 1999 w.e.f. 1999 NLR  2.12.2000. Federal Statute 51.

[17] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167.

[18] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167.

[19] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167

[20] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167

[21] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167

[22] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167

[23] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167

[24] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167

[25] Subs. By Ordi. XIII of 1999 w.e.f 27.8.1999

[26] Subs. By Ordi. XX of 1999w.e.f2.12.1999 NLR 20000 Federal Statute 51.

[27] Subs. By Ordi. XIII of 1999, w.e.f. 27.8.1999.


[28] Add. By Ordi.XXIX of 2000, dt. 24.7.2000; PLD 2001 Cent St.1.

[29] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167.

[30] Subs. By Ordi. XIII of 1999, w.e.f. 27.8.1999.

[31] Words his faith  to the  effect that he will decide the  case honestly and faithfully according to his  conscience and  beliefs Subs. By  Ord. No IX of 1998.

[32] Subs. By the ordi. Ibid.

[33] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167.

[34] Subs. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167.

[35] Omitted by the ordi. XXXIX of 2001: PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.

[36] Subs. By Ordi. XIII of 1999, w.e.f. 27.8.1999.

[37] Subs by ordi. Ibid.

[38] Subs. by the ordi. XXXIX of 2001: PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.

[39] Omitted by the ordi. XXXIX of 2001: PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.

[40] Subs by ordi. Ibid.

[41] Subs by ordi. Ibid.


[42] Subs. By Ordi. XIII of 1999, w.e.f. 27.8.1999.

[43] Subs by ordi. Ibid.

[44] Omitted by the ordi. XXXIX of 2001: PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.

[45] Omitted by the ordi. XXXIX of 2001: PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.

[46] Subs. by the ordi. XXXIX of 2001: PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.

[47] Inst. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ  2002 Fed. St. 167

[48] Inst. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ  2002 Fed. St. 167

[49] Inst. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ  2002 Fed. St. 167

[50] Inst. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ  2002 Fed. St. 167

[51] Added by Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167.

[52] Inst. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ  2002 Fed. St. 167

[53] Inserted by Ordinance XXXIX of 2001; PLJ 2001 Fed. St.445.

[54] Inst. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ  2002 Fed. St. 167



[55] Inst. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ  2002 Fed. St. 167



[56] Word “not “ Omitted by ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ 2002 Fed. St. 167.

[57] Inst. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ  2002 Fed. St. 167

[58] Inst. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ  2002 Fed. St. 167

[59] Inst. By Ordi. VI of 2002, PLJ  2002 Fed. St. 167

[60] Omitted by ord No IX of 1998. Declaration of  the  Supreme Court will not affect  the trial  already conducted  and conviction recorded PLD 1998 S.C 1145.

[61] Subs. For  words an Appellate  Tribunal by Ord. No IX of 1998.

[62] Subs. For  words  Appellate  Tribunal by Ord. No IX of 1998.

[63] Subs. For  words an Appellate  Tribunal by Ord. No IX of 1998.

[64] Omitted by  ord. No. IX of 1998.

[65] Added by Ord. No. IX o  1998.

[66] Omitted by  ord. No. IX of 1998.

[67] Subs. For  words an Appellate  Tribunal by Ord. No IX of 1998.

[68] Subs. For  words  Appellate  Tribunal by Ord. No IX of 1998.

[69] Subs. For  words an Appellate  Tribunal by Ord. No IX of 1998.

[70] Subs. by the ordi. XIII of 1999, w.e.f. 27.8.1999. PLD2000 Cent. St.2.

[71] Subs. By Ordi. Ibid.

[72] Words  and High  Court- omitted by Ord. No IX of 1998.

[73] Words and an Appellate  Tribunal omitted by  Ord. No. IX of 1996.

[74] Omitted by the ordi. XXXIX of 2001: PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.

[75] Subs. by the ordi. XIII of 1999, w.e.f. 27.8.1999.

[76] Subs. by the ordi. XXXIX of 2001: PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.

[77] Subs by Ord. No IX of 1998.

[78] PLD 2000 S.C. 111.

[79] Subs by Ord. No IX of 1998.


[80] Inserted by Ordinance XXXIX of 2001; PLJ 2001 Fed. St.445.

[81] Subs. by the ordi. XXXIX of 2001: PLJ 2001 Fed. St. 445.




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