The Official Secrets Act, 1923

THE OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT, 1923 is an Act to consolidate and amend the law in Pakistan Relating to official secrets.

Preamble 

For Statement of Objects and Reasons, see Gazette of India, 1992, Pt. V,p. 210 and for Report of Selection Committee, see ibid., 1923, Pt. V.,p. 61.

For temporary amendment of this Act during the continuance of the war and for a period of six months thereafter, see s. 6 of the Defence of India Act, 1939 (35 of 1939), since expired.

The Act has been extended to the Leased Areas of Balochistan, see the Leased Areas (Laws) Order, 1950 (G.G.O. 3 of 1950), and applied in the Federated Areas of Balochistan, see Gazette of India, 1937, Pt. I, p. 1499.

This Act has been extended to the Balochistan States Union, see the Balochistan States Union (Federal Laws Extensions) Order, 1953 (G.G.O. 4 of 1953), as amended by the Balochistan States Union (Federal Laws (Extension)(Second Amdt.) Order, 1953 (G.G.O. 19 of 1953)).

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It has also been extended to the Jaipur State, see G.G.O. 5 of 1953, as amended by G.G.O. 24 of 1953.

It has also been extended to the State of Bahawalpur by the Bahawalpur (Extension of Federal Laws) Order, 1953 (G.G.O 11 of 1953), as amended.

The Act has been and shall be deemed to have been brought into force in Gwadar with effect from the 8th September 1958, by the Gwadar (Application of Central Laws) Ordinance, 1960 (37 of 1960), s. 2.

This Act has been applied with certain modifications to the Tribal Areas of West Pakistan by Regulation No. 1 of 1963, s. 2 and Sch. (with effect from the 30th December 1964).

For notification of Procedure provided under this Act, see the Enemy Agents The ordinance, 1943 (1 of 1943).

Whereas it is expedient that the law relating to official secrets in (Pakistan) should be consolidated and amended:

View the Official Secrets Act, 1923

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