The West Pakistan Publication Of Books (regulation And Control) Ordinance,1969

(W. P. Ord. XV of 1969).


  1. Short title, extent and commencement.
  2. Definitions.
  3. Restriction on publication of certain books or works.
  4. Application for permission.
  5. Appeal.
  6. Exemption.
  7. Penalty.

8.         Forfeiture of the book of work.
9.         Cognizance and trial of offences.
10.       Bar to jurisdiction of Civil Courts.
11.       Power to make rules.

[30th JULY, 1969]
to provide for the regulation and control of printing and publication of books or work first published in a foreign country

            WHEREAS it is expedient to provide regulation and control of printing and publication of books or works first publish ed in a foreign country;


NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the Martial Law proclamation of 25th March, 1969, read with the Provisional Constitution Order, the Administrator of Martial Law Zone 'A', in exercise of the powers of the Governor of West Pakistan conferred on him by the Chief Martial Law Administrator, is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance :-

1.         (1) This Ordinance may be called the West Pakistan Publication of Books (Regulation and Control) Ordinance, 1969.

Short title, extent and commencement

(2) It shall extend to the whole of 1[Pakistan]
(3) It shall come in to force at once.

2.         (1) In this Ordinance, unless there is any thing repugnant in the subject or context —


  1. "book" includes, every volume, part or division of a volume, and pamphlet, in any language, and every sheet of music, map, chart or plan, separately printed or lithographed, but does not include a newspaper;
  2. "Government' means the 2[Provincial Government]
  3. "person" shall include the proprietors, directors, managers secretary or other officer or agent of a company or body corporate;

1.   In section 1, in sub-section (2). the words "the Province of West Pakistan, except the Tribal Areas", the words "Pakistan", subs, by P, O, 4 of 1975,
2.   In section 2 in clause (b) subs, for "Govt. of West Pakistan" by ibid,


(d)     "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Ordinance; and
(e)     "work" means a literary work.

West Pakistan Ordinance NO XXX of 1963 Ordinance No XXXIV of 1962
  1. Words and expressions used, but not defined in this Ordinance shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the meaning assigned to them in the West Pakistan press and publication Ordinance, 1963 and the Copyright Ordinance, 1962.

Restriction on publication of certain books or works

  1. No person shall, except with the permission of Government or such officer as may be specially empowered in this behalf by Government, print or publish any book or work which is first printed or published in any foreign country.

Application for permission

4.         (1) An application for permission to print or publish a book or work shall be made in such manner and form and on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.

(2) Government or the officer specially under section 3 shall refuse permission to print or publish a book or work if the book or work is prejudicial to the national interest or culture.


5.         (1) Any person aggrieved by an order made under subsection (2) of section 4, may, within thirty days from the date of such order.

(a)     prefer an appeal to Government, if such order is passed by an officer specially empowered under section 3 ; or
(b)     apply for a review to Government, if such order is passed by Government.
(2) Any order passed in appeal or review under sub-section (1) shall be final and shall not be called in question in any Court.


6.         Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, exempt any book or work from the provisions of this Ordinance


7.         Any person contravening any provision of this Ordinance shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to two year or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.

Forfeiture of the book or work.

8.         Where a person is convicted of an offence under this Ordinance, all copies of the book or work, in respect, of which the offence has been committed, wherever found shall stand forfeited to


Government and any Police Officer may seize the same wherever found in the 1[province.]

9.         (1) No Court shall take cognizance of an offence punishable under this Ordinance, except on complaint in writing made by an officer authorised for the purpose by Government.

Cognizance and trial of offences.

(2) No Court inferior to that of a Magistrate of the first class shall try any offence under this Ordinance.
(3) An offence under this Ordinance shall be cognizable and non-bailable.

10.       No. Suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any person for any thing which is in good faith, done or intended to be done, in pursuance of the provisions of this Ordinance.

Bar to jurisdiction of Civil Courts

11.       Government may, by notification in the official Gazette make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Ordinance.

Power to make rules

1. Subs by P. O. 4 of 1975-


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