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GILGIT-BALTISTAN ACT-III OF 2015

GILGIT-BALTISTAN COUNCIL ADAPTATION OF LAWS ACT, 2015

An Act to adapt and to enforce certain laws of Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part-I, 24th April, 2015]

No. C-1 (6)/2014 GBC–The following Act, passed by the Gilgit-Baltistan Council on 14th April, 2015 and authenticated by the Chairman, Gilgit-Baltistan Council/Prime Minister of Pakistan, is hereby published for general information.

WHEREAS it is necessary to adapt and to enforce certain laws of Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan;

It is hereby enacted as follows:–

1.     Short title, extent and commencement.–(1) This Act may be called the Gilgit-Baltistan Council Adaptation of Laws Act, 2015.

(2)      It shall extend to the whole of Gilgit-Baltistan.

(3)      It shall come into force at once.

2.     Interpretation.–In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context, 'previous law' shall mean a law in force in the Gilgit-Baltistan territory immediately before the commencement of this Act and corresponding to any law adapted by this Act.

3.     Adaptation of laws.–The laws of Pakistan specified in the Schedule to this Act, and all rules, notifications and orders made thereunder and in force immediately before the commencement of this Act are adapted and shall, as far as may be practicable, be in force in Gilgit-Baltistan subject to the following modifications, namely:–

(1)      the expressions 'Government', 'Federal Government', President' or any other expression howsoever worded, referring to any Executive Government, shall, as far as may be practicable, be construed to refer to the Gilgit-Baltistan Council and reference to Pakistan or any part of Pakistan shall be construed to refer to Gilgit-Baltistan;

(2)      the expression 'Provincial Government' shall be construed to refer to the Gilgit-Baltistan Government; and

(3)      the expressions “Supreme Court”, “High Court” and “Chief Justice”, shall be construed to refer to “Gilgit-Baltistan Supreme Appellate Court”, “Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Court” and “Chief Judge” respectively.

4.     Previous laws to cease to have effect.–If, immediately before the coming into force of this Act, there is in force in Gilgit-Baltistan any law corresponding to any law adapted by this Act, it shall, subject to the other provisions of this Act, cease to have effect on and from the date of the commencement of this Act:

Provided that the provisions of this Act shall not render invalid anything duly done before the coming into force of this Act under the provisions of any previous law.

5.     Removal of difficulty.–If any difficulty or question arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act or in regard to the construction to be placed on any adaptation, the Council may, from time to time, make such provisions or give such directions as appear to it to be necessary for the purpose of removing such difficulty.

THE SCHEDULE

[See Section 3]

(a)      The Family Courts Act, 1964 (No. XXXV of 1964).

(b)      The Surveying and Mapping Act, 2014 (No. I of 2014).

(c)      The Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Act, 2014 (No. VI of 2014).

(d)      The Anti-terrorism (Second Amendment) Act, 2014 (No. VII of 2014).