THE
REGISTRATION OF PRINTING PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS
ORDINANCE, 1996
ORDINANCE XCVI OF 1996

2nd November, 1996

An Ordinance to regulate matters
Relating to publications and printing presses

No.F.2(1)/96-Pub. dated 2-11-1996.–The following Ordinance made by the President is hereby published for general information:–

Whereas it is expedient to regulate matters relating to publications and printing presses;

And whereas the National Assembly is not in session and the President is satisfied that the circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 89 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:—

PART I
PRELIMINARY

1. Short title, extent and commencement. —(1) This Ordinance may be called the Registration of Printing Press and Publications Ordinance, 1996.
(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.
(3) It shall come into force at once.

2. Definitions.—In this Ordinance, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,—
(a) “authenticated declaration” means a declaration made and subscribed under section 7, and authenticated or deemed to have been authenticated under section 12;
(b) “book” includes every volume, part of division of a volume, and pamphlet, in any language, and every sheet of music, map, chart or plan, separately printed or lithographed;
(c) “document” includes any painting, drawing, photograph or other visible representation;
(d) “editor” means the person who controls the selection of the matter that is published in a newspaper and whose name is specified in the declaration made under section 7;
(e) “form” means a form contained in the Schedule;
(f) “Government” means the Provincial Government;
(g) “newspaper” means any periodical work containing public news or comments on public news and includes such other class of periodical works as the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette declare to be newspaper;
(h) “news-sheet” means any document or poster other than a newspaper containing public news or comments on public news or any matter described in subsection (1) of section 23;
(i) “paper” includes a document, leaflet, newspaper, news-sheet and poster;
(j) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules;
(k) “printer” means a person who has made and subscribed a declaration under section 7;
(l) “printing press” means a press and includes all engines, machinery, types, lithographic stones, implements, utensils and other plant or materials used for the purpose of printing;
(m) “province” includes the Islamabad Capital Territory;
(n) “publisher” means a person who undertakes, is in control of, or is responsible for, the publication of any book or paper, either on his own behalf or on behalf of any other person, and makes and subscribes a declaration under section 7;
(o) “rules” means rules made under this Ordinance;
(p) “unauthorised newspaper” means any newspaper in respect of which there are not for the time being valid declarations under section 7;
(q) “unauthorised news-sheet” means any news-sheet other than a newssheet published by a person authorised under section 27 to publish it; and
(r) “unauthorised press” means any press other than a press in respect of which there is for the time being a valid declaration under section 4.

PART II
PRINTING PRESS

3. Particulars to be printed on books and papers.—Every book or paper printed in a Province shall have printed legibly on it the name of the printer and the place of printing and, if the book or paper be published, the name of the publisher and the place of publication.

4. Keeper of printing-press to make declaration. —(1) No person shall keep in his possession any press for printing of books or papers, unless he has made and subscribed before the District Magistrate within whose local jurisdiction such press may be a declaration in Form A or such other form as may be prescribed; and the District Magistrate shall, immediately upon the filing of such form, issue a receipt for the same. .
(2) Every declaration made and subscribed under subsection (1) shall be authenticated under the signature and official seal of the District Magistrate before whom the said declaration is made.
(3) The District Magistrate shall, by an order in writing, refuse to authenticate a declaration made and subscribed under subsection (1) if he is satisfied that—
(a) the title of the printing press proposed to be kept or operated is the same as the title of any printing press already being operated any place in the province; or
(b) the printer was convicted of .an offence involving moral turpitude within five years before the date of his making and subscribing the declaration.
(4) The District Magistrate shall’ not pass an order under subsection (3) without giving to the person making the declaration, through a notice in writing, an opportunity of being heard.
(5) In case the District Magistrate fails to authenticate a declaration under subsection (2), or pass an order under subsection (3), within a period of four months, the declaration made by the printer shall be deemed to have been authenticated on the expiry of the said period.
(6) As often as the place where a printing press is kept is changed, the keeper of the press shall, within three days of such change, inform the District Magistrate in writing of the change:
Provided that, if the place where the press is shifted is in another district, the keeper of the press shall inform the District Magistrates of both the districts from which, and to which, the press is shifted.

PART III
PRINTING AND PUBLICATION OF NEWSPAPERS

5. Publication of Newspapers. —No newspaper shall be printed or published except in conformity with the provisions of this part and unless there subsists an authenticated declaration in respect thereof.

6. Name of the editor to be printed on the newspaper. —Every copy of newspaper shall contain the name of the editor of the newspaper printed clearly on such copy.

7. Declaration of the printer and publisher. —The printer and publisher of every newspaper shall appear in person or by agent authorised in this behalf in accordance with the rules before the District Magistrate within whose local jurisdiction such newspaper shall be printed or published, and shall make and subscribe, in duplicate originals, a declaration in Form ° B’ or in such other form as may be prescribed; and the District Magistrate shall, immediately upon the filing of such form, issue a receipt for the same.

8. No minor to be printer, publisher or editor.—No person who has not attained the age of twenty-one years shall be permitted to make a declaration under section 7, nor shall any such person edit a newspaper.

9. Effect of non-publication of newspaper. —(1) If a newspaper in respect of which a declaration has been made under section 7 is not published within three months of the date on which such declaration is authenticated under section 12, the declaration shall become void.
(2) Where a declaration becomes void under subsection (1) the printer and the publisher shall make and subscribe a fresh declaration under section 7 before printing or publishing the newspaper, and the provisions of subsection (1) shall apply to the fresh declaration and to any subsequent fresh declaration.
(3) Where a newspaper after publication is not published—
(i) in the case of a daily newspaper, for sixteen Jays in a calendar month;
(ii) in case of a weekly newspaper, for two weeks in calendar month;
(iii) in the case of a fortnightly newspaper, for one month;
(iv) in the case of a monthly newspaper, for two months;
(v) in the case of a quarterly newspaper, for six months; and
(vi) in the case of a six-monthly newspaper, for one year, the declaration made in respect of that newspaper shall become null and void, and the printer and the publisher shall make and subscribe a fresh declaration under section 7 before further printing or publishing the newspaper, and to every such fresh declaration the provisions of the two foregoing subsections shall, without prejudice to the provisions of this subsection, apply.
(4) Where a declaration becomes void under subsection (1) or subsection (3) and a fresh declaration, is made under section 7, the decision with regard to its authentication shall be made within a period of four months.
(5) Where a newspaper does not belong to any of the categories mentioned in subsection (3) and the interval of its publication is intermediary between two successive categories mentioned therein, it shall be governed by the provisions of that subsection, as if it belonged to the less frequent category of the two.
(6) Nothing in subsection (1) or subsection (3) shall apply in the case of a printer and publisher who, within the period stated in those subsections and applicable to the particular case, show to the satisfaction of the District Magistrate that the newspaper has not been or cannot be published for reasons which are beyond their control.
Explanation. —If a publisher fails to bring out any issue or issues of the newspaper as required by the periodicity mentioned in the declaration and produces a combined issue, such combined issue shall for the purpose of this section be regarded as one issue irrespective of the serial numbers given on it.

10. Effect of change of language, periodicity or place of publication.–(1) If, at any time after the making of a declaration under section 7, the newspaper to which the declaration relates is proposed to be printed or published in a language or languages, with a periodicity, or at a place, other than the language, periodicity or place shown in the declaration, the printer or publisher shall notify such change to the District Magistrate within whose jurisdiction the newspaper is printed and published.
(2) In case the place of publication or printing is proposed to be changed to a district in the same Province other than the district from where the newspaper was being printed or published, the information under subsection (1) shall also be conveyed to the District Magistrate within whose jurisdiction the newspaper is proposed to be printed or published.
(3) In case the place of publication or printing is proposed to be changed to a district in a Province other than the Province from where the newspaper was being printed or published, the printer and publisher of the newspaper shall make and subscribe in respect thereof a fresh declaration under section 7 before further printing or publishing the newspaper.

11. Effect if printer or publisher leaves Pakistan.—If at any time the printer or the publisher who has made a declaration under section 7 leaves Pakistan, the declaration shall become void unless—
(i) the absence, of the printer or the publisher from Pakistan be for a period not exceeding one year; and
(ii) the printer or the publisher, before leaving Pakistan, informs, in writing, the District Magistrate within whose jurisdiction the newspaper is printed or published, of his intended absence and the name of the person who has undertaken to discharge, in his absence and on his behalf, the responsibilities of the printer or the publisher, and furnishes to the District Magistrate a statement in writing of that person accepting these responsibilities.

12. Authentication of the declaration. —(1) Subject to the provisions of subsections (2) and (3), each of the duplicate originals of every declaration made and subscribed under section 7 shall be authenticated by the signature and official seal of the District Magistrate before whom the said declaration is made.
(2) The District Magistrate may not authenticate the declaration if he is satisfied that—
(a) the declaration has been filed by a person other than the proprietor of the newspaper or the printing press or a person not authorised by such proprietor;
(b) the title of, newspaper proposed to be published is the same as the title of any newspaper already being published in the same language at any place in the Province, not being a newspaper of different periodicity published by the same publisher or another edition of the same newspaper published from another place;
(c) the printer or the publisher was convicted of any offence involving moral turpitude within five years before the date of his making and subscribing the declaration.
(3) The District Magistrate shall not pass an order under subsection (2) without giving to the person making the declaration, through a notice in writing, an opportunity of being heard and rebutting the evidence that may be available against him.
(4) In case the District Magistrate fails to authenticate a declaration under subsection (1) or pass an order under subsection (2), within a period of four months, the declaration made by the publisher and the printer shall be deemed to have been authenticated on the expiry of the said period.

13. Deposit of authenticated declaration. —The duplicate originals of the declarations authenticated under section 12, or the receipts of the declarations which are deemed to have been authenticated under section 12, shall be deposited in the office of the District Magistrate and with the officer appointed by Government under section 48.

14. Inspection and supply of copies of the declaration. —The officer-in-charge of each declaration or receipt deposited under section 13 shall allow any person to inspect that original declaration or receipt on payment of a fee of five rupees and shall give to any person applying for it a copy thereof attested by the seal of the Court or the office, as the case may be, which has the custody of the original, on payment of a fee of ten rupees.

15. Copy of declaration or newspaper to be prima facie evidence.—In any legal proceeding, whether civil, criminal or otherwise, a copy of a declaration or receipt issued in the manner described in section 14, and a copy of the newspaper having the name of a person printed thereon as its editor, shall be sufficient evidence, unless the contrary is proved, as against the person whose name has been subscribed to such declaration, or printed on such newspaper, as the case may be, that the said person was a printer or publisher, or printer and publisher (according as the words of the said declaration may be) of every portion of every newspaper whereof the title corresponds with the title of the newspaper mentioned in the declaration or the editor of every portion of that issue of the newspaper of which a copy is produced.

16. New declaration by persons who have signed declaration and subsequently ceased to be printers or publishers. —Every person who having subscribed a declaration under section 7 subsequently ceases to be the printer or publisher of the newspaper mentioned in such declaration shall appear, in person or by agent authorised in this behalf in the prescribed manner, before the District Magistrate, and make and subscribe in duplicate originals a declaration in Form ‘ C’ or such other form as may be prescribed.

17. Authentication and filing of declaration under section 16.—Each of the duplicate originals of the declarations made under section 16 shall be authenticated by the signature and seal of the District Magistrate before whom it is made and one such original shall be filed alongwith each original of the declaration under section 7.

18. Inspection and supply of copies of declaration under section 16.–The officer-in-charge of each original of the declaration filed under section 17 shall allow any person applying to inspect that original on payment of a fee of one rupee, and shall give to any person applying for it a copy thereof attested by the seal of the officer or the Court, as the case may be, having custody of the original on payment of a fee of two rupees.

19. Putting copy of declaration under section 16 in evidence.—In any legal proceeding in which a copy of a declaration under section 7 attested in accordance with section 14 has been put in evidence, it shall be lawful to put in evidence a copy of declaration under section 16 attested in accordance with section 18, and the former declaration shall not then be taken to be evidence that the declarant was, at any period subsequent to the date of the latter declaration, printer or publisher of the newspaper thereon mentioned.

20. Person whose name has been incorrectly published as editor may make declaration before a Magistrate. —(1) If any person whose name has appeared as editor in a copy of a newspaper claims that he was not the editor of the issues on which his name has so appeared, he may, within two weeks of his becoming aware that his name has been so published, appear before a District Magistrate and make a declaration that the name was incorrectly published in that issue as that of the editor thereof; and, if the District Magistrate, after making such inquiry, or causing such inquiry to be made, as he considers necessary, is satisfied that such declaration is true, he shall certify accordingly, and on that certificate being given the provisions of section 15 shall not apply to that person in respect of that issue of the newspaper.
(2) The District Magistrate may extend the period allowed by this section in any case where he is satisfied that such person was prevented by sufficient cause from appearing and making the declaration within that period.

21. Restrictions on foreign ownership of newspapers. —No person who is not a citizen of Pakistan shall own or hold any interest in any newspaper printed or published in a Province except with the previous approval of the Government, and no such person shall in any case own or hold more than twenty-five per cent. of the entire proprietary interest of any such newspaper, whether in the form of shares or by way of sole ownership, partnership or otherwise.

22. Printing of certain matters, etc.—(1) No printer, publisher or editor shall print or publish, in any book or paper, any account of the proceedings of the National Assembly or the Senate or a Provincial Assembly, if such account—
(a) contains any matter which is not part of the proceedings of such an Assembly or the Senate and which is prejudicial to the maintenance of public order, or is opposed to morality, or amounts to contempt of Court, defamation or incitement or the commission of an offence; or
(b) contains any matter which has been ordered to be expunged from the proceedings of such Assembly or the Senate.
(2) No printer, publisher, or editor shall publish in any book or paper, any proceedings or excerpts of proceedings of the Court or any Tribunal or other judicial or quasi-judicial body, the publication of which is withheld or forbidden by the presiding officer of that Court, Tribunal or body.
(3) If any person contravenes any provisions of this section, then, without prejudice to any other proceedings which may be taken against him, the Government may, after giving such person an opportunity of being heard, declare to be forfeited to it every copy of the book or paper printed or published in such contravention.

PART IV
CONTROL OF PRINTING PRESS AND NEWSPAPERS

23. Forfeiture of copies.–(1) Whenever the Government is satisfied that any book or newspaper contains words, signs or visible representations which—
(a) incite to the commission of the offence of murder or any other cognizable offence involving violence:
(b) amount to false rumours calculated to cause public alarm whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against public tranquillity, without reasonable ground to believe, or having taken reasonable precaution to verify, that the information is correct; or
(c) condemn the creation of Pakistan or advocate the curtailment or abolition of the sovereignty of Pakistan in respect of all or any of the territories lying within its borders; or
(d) bring into hatred or contempt the Government established by law in Pakistan with the intent of causing defiance of the authority of such Government; or
(e) are likely to create or excite feelings of enmity, ill-will or hatred between the populations of the Provinces or populations of any region or parts of Pakistan, or between different communities, religious denominations, sects, classes or sections of the citizens of Pakistan; or
(f) are likely to damage relations between the Government of Pakistan and the Government of any foreign State; or
(g) tend to seduce any officer, soldier, sailor or airman in the Armed Forces of Pakistan, or any Police Officer, from his allegiance to his duties or to prejudice the discipline of such force or its member; or
(h) tend to incite wilful obstruction to public servants or servants of a local authority in the discharge of their public duties, the Government may, by order published in the Official Gazette, declare that all copies of such book or paper, wherever found in the Province, shall stand forfeited to the Government.
Explanation 1.–Comments expressing disapprobation of any measures of the Government with a view to obtaining their alteration by lawful – means shall not be deemed to be of the nature described in clause (d).
Explanation 2.–Statements and comments made without malicious intention for the purpose of helping or advocating progress of any Province, region or part of Pakistan, or for the furtherance of the legitimate interest of the population of any Province or region, community, religious denomination, or sections of the citizens or for securing removal of any factors tending to create enmity, ill-will or hatred, shall not be deemed to be of the nature described in clause (e).
(2) No order under subsection (1) shall be published without giving the affected person an opportunity of being heard:
Provided, that, in the case of an emergency, an interim order may be made under the said subsection and an opportunity of being heard may be afforded as early as possible and the order may be confirmed or withdrawn after such opportunity has been afforded.

24. Maintenance of account, etc.—Every printer and publisher shall maintain regular books of accounts showing all receipts, in cash or kind, by or on behalf of the printing press or the newspaper, as the case may be, and all expenditure incurred in connection with the running and management thereof.

25. Issue of search warrant.–Where copies of any book or paper are declared forfeited to the Government under section 23, a District Magistrate may issue a warrant empowering any police officer, not below the rank of Sub-Inspector, to seize and retain any, such book or paper and to enter upon and search for such book or paper in any premises where any copy of such book or paper is kept for sale, distribution, publication or public exhibition or is reasonably suspected to be so Kept.

26. Appeals.–(1) Any person who has been refused authentication of a declaration made under subsection (1) of section 4 or of a declaration made in pursuance of subsection (2) or subsection (3) of section 9, or whose declaration has not been authenticated under subsection (2) of section 12, or any person having an interest in any property in respect of which an order of forfeiture has been made under section 23, or section 29, or section 30, or any person from whose possession the property forfeited is recovered under section 25, tray, within one month from the date of such order or recovery of property, prefer an appeal to the High Court within whose ,jurisdiction such order has been passed or recovery has been effected.
(2) The High Court shall, after giving notice to the appellant and the Government, hear and dispose of the appeal within ninety days of its institution and pass such order, including an order awarding damages to the aggrieved party, as it may deem fit.

PART V
UNAUTHORISED NEWS-SHEETS AND NEWSPAPERS

27. Authorisation of persons to publish news-sheets.–(1) The District Magistrate may, on written application made to him, by an order in writing, authorise any person to publish a news-sheet or news-sheets, unless he is satisfied that such person is likely to act in a manner prejudicial to public order or public safety or to publish in such news-sheet or news-sheets any matter against decency or morality or which amounts to defamation, contempt of Court or incitement of an offence.
(2) A copy of an order under subsection (1) shall be furnished to the person thereby authorised.
(3) The District Magistrate may, at any time after giving the person affected an opportunity to show cause against the revocation, revoke an order made by him under subsection (1).
(4) Any person aggrieved by an order of the District Magistrate under subsection (1) refusing to authorise any person to publish a news-sheet or news-sheets, or subsection (3) may prefer an appeal to the High Court and the provisions of section 26 shall mutatis mutandis apply to such appeal.

28. Power to seize and destroy unauthorised news-sheets and newspapers.–(1) Any police officer, or any other person empowered in this behalf by the Government, may seize any unauthorised news-sheet or unauthorised newspaper, wherever found.
(2) Any District Magistrate, Sub-Divisional Magistrate or Magistrate of the First Class may, by warrant, authorise any police officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector to enter upon and search any place where any stock of unauthorised news-sheets or unauthorised newspapers may be or may be reasonably suspected to be; and such police officer may seize any documents found in such place which in his opinion, are unauthorised news-sheets or unauthorised newspapers.
(3) All documents seized under subsection (1) shall be produced, as soon as may be, before a District Magistrate, Sub-Divisional Magistrate or Magistrate of the First Class, and all documents seized under subsection (2) shall be produced as soon as may be, before the Magistrate who had issued the warrant.
(4) If m the opinion of such Magistrate or Court any of such documents are unauthorised news-sheets or unauthorised newspapers, the Magistrate or Court may cause them to be destroyed, but if, in the opinion of such Magistrate or Court any of such documents are not unauthorised news-sheet or unauthorised newspapers, such Magistrate or Court shall dispose of them in the manner provided in sections 523, 524 and 525 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. 1898 (Act V of 1898).

29. Power to seize and forfeit undeclared presses producing unauthorised news-sheets and newspapers.–(1) Where a District Magistrate or Sub-Divisional Magistrate has reason to believe that an unauthorised news-sheet or unauthorised newspaper is being produced from an undeclared press within the limits of his jurisdiction, he may, by warrant, authorise any Police Officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector to enter upon and search any place wherein such undeclared press may be or may be reasonably suspected to be, and if, in the opinion of such police officer, any press found in such place is used to produce an unauthorised news-sheet or unauthorised newspaper, he may seize such press and any documents found in the place which in his opinion are unauthorised news-sheets or unauthorised newspapers.
(2) The Police Officer shall make a report of the search to the Magistrate who issued the warrant and shall produce before such Magistrate, as soon as may be, all property seized:
Provided that, where any press which has been seized cannot be readily removed, the police officer may produce before the Magistrate only such parts thereof as he may think fit.
(3) If such- Magistrate, after such inquiry, as he may deem requisite, is of opinion that a press seized under this section is an undeclared press which is used to produce an unauthorised news-sheet or unauthorised newspaper, he may, by order in writing declare the press to be forfeited to the Government, but if, after such inquiry, the Magistrate is not of such opinion, he shall dispose of the press in the manner provided in sections 523, 524 and 525 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898).
(4) The Magistrate shall deal with the documents produced before him under this section in the manner provided in subsection (4) of section 28.

PART VI
SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE SEIZURE OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS

30. Power to declare certain publications forfeited and to issue search warrants for the same.–Where any book or paper, wherever made, appears to the Government to contain any words, signs or visible representations of the nature described in subsection (1) of section 23, the Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, stating the grounds of its opinion, declare all copies of such book or paper to be forfeited to the Government and there-upon any police officer may seize the same wherever found in the Province and the Magistrate may, by warrant, authorise any police officer, not below the rank of Sub-Inspector, to enter upon and search for the same in any premises where any copy of such book or paper may be, or may reasonably suspected to be.

31. Power to detain packages containing certain publications.–(1) Any Customs Officer, not below the rank of Assistant Collector of Customs, specially authorised by the Government in this behalf, may detain any package brought, whether by land, sea or air, into the Province which he reasonably suspects to contain any book or paper containing words, signs or visible representations of the nature described in subsection (1) of section 23 and shall forthwith forward such package to such Officer as the Government may appoint in this behalf.
(2) The Government shall, if it is satisfied that the books or papers so received contain words, signs or visible representations of the nature described in subsection (1) of section 23, within forty-eight hours of the detention of such package, pass an order, by notification in the official Gazette forfeiting the same.
(3) If no order under subsection (2) is passed-the books or papers shall be delivered to the person entitled to their possession.

32. Prohibition of transmission by post of certain documents.–No unauthorised news-sheet or unauthorised newspaper shall be transmitted by post.

33. Power to detain articles being transmitted by post.–(1) Any Officer-in-Charge of a post office authorised by the Post Master General in this behalf may detain any article, other than a letter or parcel, in course of transmission by post, if he is satisfied that it contains any book or paper containing words, signs or visible representations of the nature described in subsection (1) of section 23 and shall forthwith forward such article to such officer as the Government may appoint in this behalf.
(2) The Government may, within forty-eight hours of the receipt of the article under subsection (1) declare, by an order published in the Official Gazette that the book or paper contained in such article, shall stand forfeited to the Government and in case no such order is passed, the Government shall return the article to the Officer-in-Charge of the Post Office concerned for transmission in the normal course.
(3) Any person aggrieved by an order of detention or forfeiture under section 31 or subsection (2) may prefer an appeal to the High Court and the provisions of section 26 shall mutatis mutandis apply to such appeals.

34. Copies of books printed to be delivered gratis to Government.— Notwithstanding any agreement between the printer and publisher of a book, the printer of every book printed or lithographed in the Province shall, within one month of its delivery out of the press, supply, free of expense, four copies of every such book, together with all maps, prints or other engravings belonging thereto, furnished and coloured in the same manner as the best copies of the book, to such officer and at such place as the Government may by notification appoint.

PART VII
DELIVERY OF BOOKS AND NEWSPAPERS

35. Receipts of copies delivered under section 34.—The officer to whom copies of a book are delivered under section 34 shall give to the printer a receipt in writing therefor.

36. Copies of newspapers printed in the Province to be delivered gratis to Government.–The printer of every newspaper shall deliver at such place and to such officer as the Government may, by notification, direct, free of cost, four copies of each issue of such newspaper as soon as it is published.

PART VIII
REGISTRATION OF BOOKS

37 Registration of memorandum of books.–There shall be kept at such office, and by such officer, as the Government may appoint a book to be called a Catalogue of Books wherein shall be registered, as soon as may be after the delivery of every book in pursuance of the provisions of section 34, a memorandum of the books so delivered and such memorandum shall, so far as may be practicable, contain the following particulars, that is to say—
(1) the title of the book and the contents of the title page, with a translation into English of such title and contents, when the same are not in the English language;
(2) the language in which the book is written;
(3) the name of the author, translator or editor of the book or any part thereof;
(4) the subject;
(5) the place of printing and the place of publication;
(6) the name of the printer and the name of the publisher;
(7) the date of issue from the press or of publication;
(8) the number of sheets, leaves or pages;
(9) the first, second or other number of the edition;
(10) the number of copies of which the edition consists;
(11) whether the book is printed or lithographed;
(12) the price at which the book is sold to the public: and
(13) the name and residence of the proprietor of the copy-right or of any portion of such copy-right.

38. Publication of the memoranda of books.–The memoranda registered during each quarter in the said Catalogue of Books shall be published in the official Gazette, as soon as may be after the end of such quarter.

PART IX
PENALTIES FOR OFFENCES UNDER FOREGOING PROVISIONS

39. Penalty for contravention of section 3.—Whoever prints or publishes any book or paper in contravention of the provisions of section 3 shall be punishable with fine not exceeding twenty thousand rupees, or with simple imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or with both.

40. Penalty for keeping printing press without making a declaration required by section 4.–Whoever keeps in his possession any printing press without making a declaration as is required by section 4 shall be punishable with fine not exceeding twenty thousand rupees, or with imprisonment for a term not exceedings six months, or with both.

41. Punishment for making false statement.–Any person who shall, in making any declaration under this Ordinance, make a statement which is false and which he either knows or believes to be false, or does not believe to be true, shall be punishable with fine not exceeding twenty thousand rupees and with imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

42. Penalty for printing or publishing newspaper in contravention of the provisions of this Ordinance.–Whoever edits, prints or publishes any newspaper in contravention of the provisions of this Ordinance, or whoever edits, prints or publishes, or causes to be edited, printed or published, any newspaper knowing that the said provisions have not been observed with respect to that newspaper, shall be punishable with fine not exceeding twenty thousand rupees, or with imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or with both.

43. Penalty for contravention of section 22, section 24, section 25 etc.—(1) Whoever contravenes any of the provisions of section 22, section 24 or section 25 or any rules, orders or directions made or issued thereunder, or fails to perform any duty imposed thereby shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term nor exceeding one year, or with fine not exceeding thirty thousand rupees, or with both.
(2) No Court inferior to that of a Magistrate of the First Class shall take cognizance of or try an offence punishable under subsection (1), nor shall any Court take cognizance or try any such offence except on a complaint made in writing by the Government or by an officer authorised in this behalf by the Government.

44. Penalty for disseminating unauthorised news-sheets and newspapers.–(1) Whoever makes, prints, or otherwise produces, sells, distributes, publishes or publicly exhibits or keeps for sale, distribution or publication, any unauthorised news-sheet or unauthorised newspaper shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or with fine, or with both.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898) any offence punishable under subsection (1), and any abetment of any such offence, shall be cognizable.

45. Penalty for not delivering books.–If any printer of any such book as is referred to in section 34 neglects to deliver copies of the same in pursuance of that section, he shall, on the complaint of the officer to whom the copies should have been delivered or of any person authorised by the officer in this behalf, be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees for each such default, and, in addition to such fine, shall pay to the Government such further sum as the Magistrate may determine to be the value of the copies which the printer ought to have delivered.

46. Penalty for failure to supply copies of newspaper gratis to Government.–If any printer of any newspaper published in the Province neglects to deliver copies of the same in compliance with section 36, he shall, on the complaint of the officer to whom the copies should have been delivered or of any person authorised by that officer in this behalf, be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees for each such default.

47. Recovery of forfeitures and disposal thereof and of fine.–Any sum payable to the Government under section 45 may be recovered, under the warrant of the Magistrate determining the sum on by his successor-in-office, in the manner authorised by the Code of Criminal.- Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898), and within the period prescribed by the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860), for the levy of a fine.

PART X
MISCELLANEOUS

48. Appointment of officers.–The Government may appoint an officer or officers to carry out the purposes of this Ordinance and such officer or officers shall have such duties and powers in respect of the regulation of matters pertaining to printing presses, books and papers, printers and publishers as the Government may assign.

49. Service of notices.–Every notice under this Ordinance shall be sent to a Magistrate who shall cause it to be served in the manner provided for the service of summons under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898):
Provided that, if service in such manner cannot, by the exercise of due diligence, be effected, the serving officer shall where the notice is directed to the keeper of a press, affix a copy thereof to some conspicuous part of the place where the press is , situated, as described in the keeper’s declaration under section 4, and where the notice is directed to the publisher of a newspaper to some conspicuous part of the premises where the publication of such newspaper is conducted as given in the publisher’s declaration under section 7, and thereupon the notice shall be deemed to have been duly served.

50. Conduct of searches.–Every warrant issued under this Ordinance shall, so far as it relates to a search be executed in the manner provided by the execution of search warrants under the Code of Criminal Procedure. 1898 (Act V of 1898).

51. Operation of other laws not barred.–Nothing contained in this Ordinance shall be deemed to prevent any person from being prosecuted under any other law for any act of omission which constitutes an offence under this Ordinance.

52. Power to exempt from the provisions of this Ordinance.–The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, exempt any book or paper or any class of books or papers from the operation of all or any of the provisions of this Ordinance.

53. Delegation of powers.–The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, direct that any power conferred upon it by or under this Ordinance shall be exercisable also by such officer or authority and subject to such conditions, if any, as may be specified in the notification.

54. Power to make rules.–The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Ordinance.

55. Repeal.–(1) The West Pakistan Press and Publications Ordinance, 1963 (W.P. Ordinance No.XXX of 1963), is hereby repealed. (2) The Registration of Printing Press and Publications Ordinance, 1996 (No.XXXV of 1996), is hereby repealed.

56. Savings.–(1) Notwithstanding the repeal of the West Pakistan Press and Publications Ordinance, 1963 (W.P. Ordinance No.XXX of 1963), or the Registration of Printing Press and Publications Ordinance, 1990 (XXIII of 1990), hereinafter referred to as the said Ordinances, every declaration made, subscribed or authenticated under either of the said Ordinances shall be deemed to have been made, subscribed or authenticated under this Ordinance.
(2) Anything done; action taken, rule -made or notice issued under either of the said Ordinances shall, so far as it is not inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance, remain in force and be deemed to have been done, taken, made or issued under this Ordinance.
(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in subsection (2), any notice to deposit security under the provisions of, the West Pakistan Press and Publications Ordinance, 1963 (W.P. Ordinance No.XXX of 1963), shall stand vacated, and any security deposit made thereunder shall be liable to be refunded to the depositor of such security upon the commencement of this Ordinance.

SCHEDULE
FORM ‘A’
(See section 4)
DECLARATION OF THE KEEPER OF PRESS
I, … … … … … … … … (name), son of, … … … … … … … … … … … … … residing at… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …do hereby declare that I have a press for printing at… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …
Give full description and address of the premises where the press may be situated.
SCHEDULE
FORM ‘ B’
(See section 7)
DECLARATION OF THE PRINTER AND/OR PUBLISHER OF NEWSPAPER
I, … … … … … … … … … (name), son of … … … … … …. … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …. residing at… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … do hereby declare that I am the printer* or publisher or printer and publisher of the newspaper entitled … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … appearing as** … … … … … … … … … … … … … …in***… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …
… . … … … … … … … … … … … … and printed or published or printed and published at****
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* Strike out which is not applicable.
** Here state the periodicity.
*** Here mention the language or languages.
**** Give full description and address of the premises where the printing or publication is conducted.
FORM ‘ C’
(See section 16)
DECLARATION OF PERSON WHO CEASES
. TO BE PRINTER AND/OR PUBLISHER
I, … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … (name), son of… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … residing at… … … … … … … … … … … … … … …do hereby declare that I have ceased to be *printer or publisher or the printer andthe publisher of the newspaper entitled … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … appearing as*** … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … in**… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …
* Strike out which is not applicable.
** Here state the periodicity
*** Here mention the language

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