The Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979

The Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979

It is an Ordinance to provide for the censorship of films and the regulation of the exhibition of films by means of cinematographs. This ordinance was passed on 3rd September 1979 by the President of Pakistan.

Whereas it is expedient to provide for the censorship of films and the regulation of exhibition of films by means of cinematographs, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto;

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 the fifth day of July 1977, read with the Laws (Continuance in Force) Order, 1977 (C.M.L.A. Order No. 1 of 1977), and in the exercise of all powers enabling him on that behalf, the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:—


1.— Short title, extent, and commencement. (1) This Ordinance may be called the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979.

(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.

(3) It shall come into force at once.

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

(a) “ Board “ means a board established under section 3 ;

(b) “ Chairman “, in relation to a Board, means the Chairman of the Board ;

(c) “ cinematograph” includes any apparatus for the reproduction of moving pictures or series of pictures;

(d) “ film “ means a cinematographic film or other materials used for projection by cinematograph ;

(e) “ place” includes a house, building, tent, and any means of transport, whether by sea, land, or air; and

(f) “ prescribed “ means prescribed by rules made under this Ordinance.

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