Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation Ordinance, 2002









Short title and commencement






Establishment of the Corporation



Headquarters of the Corporation



Functions of the Corporation



Management of the Corporation



Constitution of the Board.-



Terms of office of the Chairman and members



Meeting of the Board



Managing Director



Recruitment of officers etc



Members, officers etc. to be public servants



Transfer of officers, servants etc., to the Corporation






Maintenance of Accounts






Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation Fund



Delegation of powers






Winding up of the Corporation



Power to make rules



Power to make regulations



Repeal and savings



Removal of difficulties



Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation Ordinance, 2002

An ordinance to provide for reconstitution of the Associated Press of Pakistan


Whereas it is expedient to ensure effective operation and to streamline, improve, and enlarge Associated Press of Pakistan as a public information medium;


And Whereas it is expedient to take steps for adding greater professionalism to the Associated Press of Pakistan and make its management more broad based allowing its professionalism independence autonomy with a view to enabling it to obtain from international news agencies services and create greater trust of its secrecy and credibility amongst people, and for matters connected thereto or incidental thereof;


And Whereas the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action; 


Now, Therefore, in pursuance of the Proclamation of Emergency of the fourteenth day of October, 1999, the Provisional Constitution Order No.1 of 1999 read with the Provisional Constitution (Amendment) Order No.9 of 1999, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:-


1. Short title and commencement.-

(1) This Ordinance may be called the Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation Ordinance, 2002.

          (2) It shall come into force at once.


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


Board” means the Board of Directors of the Corporation;


Bureau” means any news receiving or transmitting unit so designated by the corporation;


Chairman” means the Chairman of the Board;


Corporation” means the Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation established under section 3;


Federal Government” means the Ministry of Information and Media Development;


Managing Director” means the Managing Director  of the Corporation;


member” means member of the Board;


prescribed” means prescribed by rules or regulations made under this Ordinance;


regulations” means regulations made under this Ordinance;


rules” means rules made under this Ordinance; and


subscriber” means a person or body whether private or public receiving services from the Corporation; 


3. Establishment of the Corporation.- The Associated Press of Pakistan as reconstituted in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance shall be a corporation to be called the Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation which shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal with powers to acquire, hold and dispose of property both movable and immovable and shall by the said name sue and be sued.


4. Headquarters of the Corporation.- The headquarters of the corporation shall be at Islamabad and the corporation may establish its Bureaus or constitute its Stations at such places, both within and abroad as the Board may, with the approval of the Federal Government, decide.


5. Functions of the Corporation.- The functions of  the Corporation shall be to-

undertake the work of a news agency or news agencies in any part of the world and in particular to collect, transmit, circulate in Pakistan and abroad such news, features, photographs, videos or any such material, for distribution to such persons or corporations, newspapers or organizations desirous of obtaining such news and material or any part thereof on such terms and conditions as the Board may, from time to time determine;

carry on all or any of the activities which help in news gathering and its dissemination through print, cyber-net, audio, video, still and any other methods of photography required for this purpose;

enter into any arrangements and to take all necessary or proper steps with governments or with other authorities, persons, bodies, organizations, international, national, local, municipal or otherwise of any place in which the Corporation may have interests and to carry on any negotiations or operations for the purpose of directly or indirectly carrying out its objects affecting any modification in its functioning;

advance, deposit or lend money, acquire securities and property or receive loans, grants-in-aid, subsidy, subscription fee, assistance or deposits from the Government and other authorities or bodies or organizations;

invest any moneys of the Corporation not for the time being required for any of the purposes of the Corporation in such investments (other than shares or stock) as may be in the interest of the Corporation;

establish, provide, maintain and conduct research and training activities for the training, education and instruction of employees, students and others who may desire to avail themselves of the same;

compile, prepare, produce, print, publish, issue, circulate and distribute, with or without charge, such papers, magazines, periodicals, books, circulars and other such matter as may be conducive to any of the functions of the Corporation;

carry out instructions of the Federal Government with regard to general pattern of policies in respect of announcements, news and views to be disseminated from time to time;

sign agreements with international news agencies, national news agencies of other countries for securing and disseminating the same to end-users in and outside Pakistan; and

sell news, features, photos, audios and videos to mass media, news agencies and any other organization within and outside Pakistan. 


6. Management of the Corporation.-

(1) The general directions and administration of the affairs of the corporation shall vest in the Board which may exercise all powers and do all acts and things which may be exercised or done by the Corporation.

         (2) In discharge of its functions the Corporation shall be bound by such directives and orders, if any, as may be given to it on any question of policy by the Federal Government which shall be the sole judge as to whether a question is a question of policy.


7. Constitution of the Board.-

(1) The Board shall consist of eleven members including the Chairman, consisting of—


Secretary, Ministry of Information and Media Development……………………Chairman

(a)      Managing Director, Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation………………Member ex officio


(b)      Managing Director,


(c)      P. T.V. Corporation………………………… Member ex  officio 


(d)      Director General,Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation…       ………Member ex officio 


(e)   Principal Information Officer, Press Information Department, Government of Pakistan…………………….Member ex officio


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