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AIRPORTS SECURITY FORCE ACT, 1975

(LXXVII OF 1975)

An Act to provide for the constitution and regulation of the Airports Security ; Force

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part I, 18th December 1975)

The following Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on the 13th December 1975 and is hereby published for general information:-

Whereas it is expedient to provide for the constitution and regulation of the Airports Security Force for ensuring security of all aerodromes., airports, aircraft and civil aviation installations, and for the maintenance of law and order therein, and for mallets connected therewith or ancillary thereto.     .

            It is hereby enacted as follows:-         .

CHAPTER I

1.         Short title, extent, application and commencement.– (1) This Act may be called the Airports Security Force Act, 1975.         .

(2) It extends to all aerodromes and airports, all civil aviation stations centers or offices in Pakistan, all Pakistan air services and activities relating to civil aviation.

(3) It shall apply to all members and officers of the Force. wherever they maybe.

(4)        It shall come into force at once.

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

(a)        "airdrome" means any area of land or water designed. equipped, set apart or commonly used or intended to be used either wholly or in , part for affording facilities for the landing, departure and movement; of aircraft and includes all buildings, sheds vessels, piers, installations and equipments, and other structures, thereon or appertaining therein but docs not include any aerodrome which is exclusively used by the Pakistan Air Force or any portion of an aerodrome which is used by the Pakistan Air Force;

(b)        "aircraft" means any machine which can derive support in the  atmosphere from the reactions of the air, other than the reactions of the air against the earth's surface, and includes balloons, whether captive or airships, kites, gilders and flying machines;

(c)        "airport” means an aerodrome at which facilities have in the opinion of the Federal Government, been sufficiently developed to be of importance to civil aviation;

(d)       "air service" means a service of aircraft for any purpose of civil aviation, whether aerial work, public transport or otherwise;

(e)        "air side" means the movement area of an aerodrome, adjacent terrain and buildings or portions thereof, access to which is controlled by the Civil Aviation Department;

(f)        "competent authority" means any officer or authority designated as such by the Federal Government;

(g)        "Director-General" means the Director-General of Civil Aviation or any person performing the duties of the Director-General;

(h)        "Force" means the Airports Security Force constituted under section 3;

(i)         "Force Commander" means the Commander incharge of the Force;

(j)         "Manager" means the Airport Manager appointed by the Federal Government or any person performing the duties of Manager at an aerodrome or at an airport or designated as being incharge of an aerodrome or of an airport;

(k)        "member" means  person, other than an officer, who is appointed to the Force and has signed an affirmation in the form set out in the First Schedule;

(l)         "officer" means a person who is so appointed to the Force and has signed an affirmation in the form set out in the First Schedule;

(m)       “operator” means a person, organization or enterprise engaged in or offering to engage in aircraft operation;

(n)        "prescribed" means prescribed by rules or regulations;

(o)        “purposes of civil aviation" include purposes connected with civil navigation and with air navigation, except purposes of defence by air;

(p)        “regulations" mean regulations made under this Act, and

(q)        " rules" mean rules made under this Act.

 

CHAPTER II

3.         Power to constitute and maintain the Airports Security Force and its functions.–(1) The Federal Government may constitute and maintain a force to be called the Airports Security Force for performing the following functions, namely:-

            (a)        ensuring security of all airports, aerodromes, aircraft and civil aviation installations and for safeguarding civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference or threats of such interference;             .

            (b)        ensuring security of all structures, equipments, ,material and installations belonging to operators and other Government or non· Government organizations within the limits of airports and aerodromes;

            (c)        operating and maintaining the airports lire services;

(d)       protecting the airport and its vicinity from birds named and pollution;

(e)       ensuring the proper conduct of persons at airports and aerodromes as laid   down in the Aircraft Rules, 1937, including control of surface vehicles and drivers within the limits of airports and aerodromes;

           (f)        ensuring security of aircraft passengers. baggage cargo and mail within the limits of airports and aerodromes;     .

         (g)        general maintenance of law and order within the limits of airports and aerodromes in conjunction with the police and taking cognizance of all offences committed at the airports and aerodromes under any law for the time being in force; and

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