An Ordinance to consolidate the law
relating to Qaumi Razakars in the Province of [the Punjab]
WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate the law relating to Qaumi Razakars in
the Province of [the
AND WHEREAS the Provincial Assembly of
West Pakistan is not in session, and the Governor of West Pakistan is
satisfied that circumstances exist which render immediate legislation
Now, THEREFORE, in exercise of the
powers conferred on him by clause (1) of Article 79 of the Constitution, the
Governor of West Pakistan is pleased to make and promulgate the following
1. Short title, extent and
commencement.— (1) This Ordinance may be called
Qaumi Razakars Ordinance, 1965.
(2) It extends to the whole of
the Province of [the
Punjab] except the Tribal Areas.
(3) It shall come into force at once.
2. Definitions.— In this Ordinance,
unless the context otherwise requires, the following expressions shall have
the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say—
(a) “Government” means the [Provincial
Government of the Punjab];
“prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Ordinance.
Constitution of Qaumi Razakars.—
(1) The Deputy Commissioner may cause to be constituted for his district a
body, to be called the Qaumi Razakars, consisting of such number of persons
and in such manner as may be prescribed.
(2) The Deputy Commissioner may appoint
as members of the Qaumi Razakars such persons as are fit and willing to
(3) The superintendence of and control
over the body shall vest in the Deputy Commissioner and it shall be
commanded by such persons as the Deputy Commissioner may appoint.
4. Duties of Qaumi Razakars.— The
Qaumi Razakars shall perform such duties in connection with the maintenance
of law and order, public security and natural calamities as may be
5. Call for training or duty.— The
Deputy Commissioner may in the prescribed manner at any time call out Qaumi
Razakars or a member thereof by a general or special order for training or
discharge of duties under this Ordinance.
6. Call in aid of police force.— A
member of Qaumi Razakars when called out by the Deputy Commissioner in aid
of the police force or any other service established by law, shall be under
the control of the officers of such force or service, in such manner and to
such extent as may be prescribed, and shall have the same powers, privileges
and protection as a person appointed to such force or service.
7. Dismissal.— The Deputy
Commissioner may, by an order in writing dismiss any member of the Qaumi
Razakars for misconduct or failure in the discharge of his duties or for any
other sufficient cause:
[Provided that such
member shall be provided an opportunity of being heard before an order
against him is passed].
8. Punishment.— If a member of the
Qaumi Razakars, on being called out under section 5, neglects or refuses to
obey such order or any other lawful order or direction given to him for the
performance of his duties, without sufficient cause, he shall be punished
with imprisonment which may extend to three months or with fine which may
extend to fifty rupees, or with both.
9. Qaumi Razakars to be public
servants.— A member of the Qaumi Razakars shall be
deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the
Pakistan Penal Code.
10. Bar to legal proceedings.— No
suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against any member of
the Qaumi Razakars for anything which is in good faith done or intended to
be done, in pursuance of this Ordinance, or any rules made thereunder.
11. Cognizance of offences.— When
any member of the Qaumi Razakars is accused of any offence alleged to have
been committed by him while acting or purporting to act in the discharge of
his duties under this Ordinance, no Court shall take cognizance of such
offence except with the previous sanction of the Deputy Commissioner.
12. Power to make rules.— (1)
Government may make rules to carry out the purposes of this Ordinance.
(2) In particular and without prejudice
to the generality of the foregoing powers, such rules may—
(a) regulate the
organization, conditions of service and discipline of the members of the
(b) prescribe the uniform
and accoutrements of the Qaumi Razakars;
(c) prescribe duties that
Qaumi Razakars may perform under section 4;
(d) prescribe the manner
in which the Qaumi Razakars may be called out for training or service;
(e) provide for the
exercise of control by officers of the police force or any other service
established by law over members of the Qaumi Razakars when acting in aid of
such force or service;
(f) prescribe the form of
certificate of membership of the Qaumi Razakars.
13. Repeal and savings.— (1) The
following enactments are hereby repealed:-
(a) the Sind Home
Guards Act, 1948;
(b) the West Punjab
Qaumi Razakars Act, 1949;
(c) the North-West
Frontier Qaumi Razakars Act, 1952.
(2) Notwithstanding the repeal of the
enactments mentioned in sub-section (1), members of the Home Guards and
Qaumi Razakars thereby appointed shall be deemed to be members of the Qaumi
Razakars hereby constituted.
Ordinance was promulgated by the Governor of West Pakistan on 21st
September, 1965; approved by the Provincial Assembly of West Pakistan on
2nd December, 1965, under clause (3) of Article 79 of the Constitution
of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (1962); and, published in the West
Pakistan Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 2nd December, 1965, pages
by the Punjab Laws (Adaptation) Order, 1974 (Pb. A.O. 1 of 1974), for
ibid., for “Government of West Pakistan”.
by the Punjab Qaumi Razakars (Amendment) Ordinance, 1985 (XXIV of 1985).