The Public Order
(Meetings) Ordinance, 1958
ORDINANCE NO. IX OF 1958
[1st July, 1958]
An Ordinance to make provision for the
preservation of public order on the occasion of public meetings and to prevent
it is expedient to make provision for the preservation of public order on the
occasion of public meetings and to prevent disturbance thereat;
WHEREAS the National
Assemble is not in session and the President is satisfied that circumstances
exist which is render immediate action necessary;
exercise of the powers conferred by Article 69 of the Constitution and of all
other powers enabling him in that behalf, the President is pleased to make and
promulgate the following Ordinance, namely:___
1. Short title, extent and
commencement.___ (1) This Ordinance may be called the Public
Order (Meetings) Ordinance, 1958.
(2) It extends to the 1[Karachi
(3) It shall come into force at once.
2. Definitions. In this
“meeting” means a meeting
held for the purpose of the discussion of matters of public interest or for the
purpose of the expression of views on such matters;
“public meeting” includes
any meeting in a public place and any meeting which
Subs. by A.O., 1964, Art. 2 and Sch., for “Federal Territory of Karachi” which
had been subs. by the Repealing and Amending Ordinance, 1961 (1 of 1961), s. 3
and 2nd Sch., for “Federal Capital”.
the public or any section thereof are permitted to
attend, whether on payment or otherwise;
(c) “public place” means any highway, public park
or garden, any sea beach, and any public bridge, road, lane, footway, square,
court, alley or passage, whether a thoroughfare or not; and includes any open
space to which, for the time being, the public have or are permitted to have
access, whether on payment or otherwise;
(d) “public servant” has the same meaning as
assigned to it in section 21 of the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860).
3. Disorderly conduct at public
meeting.___ (1) Any person who at a public meeting acts in a
disorderly manner for the purpose of preventing the transaction of the business
for which the meeting was called together shall be guilty of an offence.
(2) Any person who incites
other to commit an offence under this section shall be guilty of a like offence.
4. Carrying of offensive weapons.
Any person, not being a public servant acting in his capacity as such, who,
while present in a public meeting, has with him any offensive weapon shall be
guilty of an offence.
5. Insulting language and
incitement. Any person who in any public place or at any public meeting
uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke
a breach of the peace or whereby a breach of the peace is likely to be
occasioned shall be guilty of an offence under this Ordinance.
6. Offences to be cognizable and
non-bailable. Notwithstanding anything in the Code of Criminal Procedure,
1898 (Act V of 1898), an offence under this Ordinance shall be cognizable and
7. Penalty. An offence under
this Ordinance shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment which may extend
to two years, or with fine, or with both.