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ANTI­TERRORISM (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, 2009.

ANTI­TERRORISM (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, 2009.
Last Updated: 2009­10­01
Contents
PREAMBLE .
1 SHORT TITLE AND COMMENCEMENT
2 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 6, ACT XXVII OF 1997
3 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 11E, ACT XXVII OF 1997
4 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 11E, ACT XXVII OF 1997
5 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 11EE, ACT XXVII OF 1997
6 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 110, AD XXVII, OF 1997
7 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 11Q, ACT XXVII OF 1997
8 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 11W ACT, XXVII OF 1997
9 INSERTION OF NEW SECTIONS, ACT XXVII OF 1997
10 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 12, ACT XXVII OF 1997
11 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 13, ACT XXVII OF 1997
12 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 19, ACT XXVII OF 1997
13 INSERTION OF NEW SECTION, ACT XXVII OF 1997
14 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 21D, ACT XXVII OF 1997
15 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 21E, ACT XXVII OF 1997
16 INSERTION OF SECTION 21EE, ACT XXVII OF L997
17 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 21F, ACT XXVII OF 1997
18 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 21H, ACT XXVII OF 1997
19 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 25, ACT XXVII OF 1997
20 INSERTION OF NEW SECTION, ACT XXVII OF 1997
21 AMENDMENT OF SECTION 28, ACT XXVII OR 1997
22 SUBSTITUTION OF SECTION 35 ACT XXVII, 1997


ANTI­TERRORISM (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, 2009
ORDINANCE NO. XXI OF 2009

An Ordinance further to amend the Anti­terrorism Act, 1997
WHEREAS   it is expedient further to amend the Anti­ terrorism Act, 1997 (XXVII of 1997), for the purposes hereinafter appearing;
AND WHEREAS the National Assembly is not in session and the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action;
NOW THEREFORE, in ­exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 89 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:­
1. Short title and commencement.—(1) This Ordinance may be called the Anti­terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance, 2009.
(2) It shall come into force at once.
2.  Amendment of section 6, Act XXVII of 1997.— In the said Act, in section 6,____
(i) in sub­section(I), in clause (c), after the word "cause" at the end,­ the words and comma "or intimidating and terrorizing the public, social sectors, business community and preparing or attacking the civilians, government officials, installations, security forces or law enforcement agencies," shall, be added; .
(ii) in sub­section(2),—
(a) in clause (c), after the word "property." the commas and the words "including government premises, official installations, schools; hospitals, offices or any other public property" shall be added; and
(b) clause (g) shall be substituted as under:—
"involves taking the law in own hand, award of any punishment b9 an organization, individual or group whatsoever, not recognized by the law, with a view to coerce, intimidate or terrorize public, individuals, groups, communities; government officials and institutions, including Law Enforcement Agencies beyo,nd the purview of the law of the land."; and .
(c) after clause (n), the following new clauses (o) and (p) shall be added:—
"(o) involves in acts as part of armed resistance by groups or individuals against law enforcement agencies.";


"(P) involves in dissemination, preaching ideas, teachings and beliefs as per own interpretation on FM stations without explicit approval of government or its concerned departments.
4. Amendment   of section 11E, Act XXVII of 1997.____In the  said Act in section 11E, after sub­section (1), the following new sub­section shall be inserted, namely,____                                                     
"(la) Upon  proscription   of  an organization,  if the  office   bearers  or  the members  or the associates  of such organization  are found continuing the activities  of the proscribed organization­in  addition to any other action  under; this Act or any other law for the time  being  in force to which  they may be liable,____
(a) they shall not be issued any passport or allowed to travel abroad;                                                       
(b)  no bank  or financial   institution  or 'any other  entity  providing financial support shall provide any Joan facility or financial support to such persons or issue the 'credit cards' to such persons; and
(c) the arms licenses, if already issued, shall be deemed to be cancelled and the arms shall be deposited  forthwith  in the  nearest  Police, Station.  failing  which  such arms shall be confiscated and the holders of such arms shall be liable for the punishment provided under the Arms Ordinance,1965.  No fresh license to such persons for any kind of weapon  shall be issued."
4. Amendment   of section 11E, Act XXVII of 1997.____In the  said Act in section 11E, after sub­section (1), the following new sub­section shall be inserted, namely,____                                                     
"(la) Upon  proscription   of  an organization,  if the  office   bearers  or  the members  or the associates  of such organization  are found continuing the activities  of the proscribed organization­in  addition to any other action  under; this Act or any other law for the time  being  in force to which  they may be liable,____
(a) they shall not be issued any passport or allowed to travel abroad;                                                       
(b) no bank  or financial institution  or 'any other  entity  providing financial support shall provide any Joan facility or financial support to such persons or issue the 'credit cards' to such persons; and
(c) the arms licenses, if already issued, shall be deemed to be cancelled and the arms shall be deposited  forthwith  in the  nearest  Police, Station.  failing  which  such arms shall be confiscated and the holders of such arms shall be liable for the punishment provided under the Arms Ordinance,1965.  No fresh license to such persons for any kind of weapon  shall be issued."


5. Amendment of section 11EE,  Act  XXVII of  1997.____ In the  said Act,  in section 11 EE, in sub­section   (2), in clause  (a), after the  word  "sureties" occurring  for the first time, the words "alongwith a bank guarantee  or cash not less than three hundred  thousand  rupees to be deposited  in Court"  shall be inserted .
6.  Amendment of  section 110,  Ad  XXVII,  of 1997. In  the  said Act, in section 110.____
(a) after the word "the", occurring for the first time, the words "Federal Government or" shall be inserted;  and
(b) in the proviso for the full stop, at the end, a colon shall be substituted and thereafter the following explanation shall be inserted, namely:— "Explanation:­The authorized officer Under this section shall not be less than an officer of the rank of Inspector or equivalent".
7. Amendment of section 11Q, Act XXVII of 1997.— In the said Act, in section 11Q, after sub­ section (6) the following new sub­section shall be inserted, namely:—
"(7) A person other than an accused, claiming the ownership or interest in any property or assets, suspected to be terrorist property, may within a period of fifteen days of the freezing of account or of taking into possession or control of such property or assets, as the case may be, file his claim before the court. The court after giving notice to the prosecution and hearing the parties, shall decide the claim."
8. Afmendment o Section 11W Act, XXVII of 1997.—In the said Act, in section I 1W, in sub­ section (1):—
(a) after the words "video­cassettes" the words "or FM radio station" shall be inserted; and
(b) after the word "which" the words and comma "glorifies terrorists or terrorist activities" shall be inserted.
9. Insertion of new sections, Act XXVII of 1997._____ In the said Act, after section 11EEE, the following new sections shall be inserted:—
"11ECEE Preventive detention for inquiry.____ (1) Any person who has been concerned in any offence under this Act or against whom a reasonable complaint has been made or credible information has been received, or a reasonable suspicion exists of his having been so concerned, the Government may issue order of his preventive detention for a period not exceeding ninety days, and which shall not be challenged in any Court, for the purposes of inquiry, specifying reasons and grounds thereof.
(2) The inquiry under Sub­section (1) may be conducted by a Police Officer not below the rank of Inspector or through a Joint Interrogation Team (J1T) to be notified by the Government, comprising a police officer not below the rank of


Inspector and officers of other investigation agencies and the powers of the inquiry officer will be vested as per section 5 of the FIA Act.
(3) The detenue shall be produced in camera  before the presiding officer of Anti­terrorism Court and in his absence, the District  and Sessions Judge within  twenty four hours ..
(4) During inquiry the 'concerned Police  Officer not below the rank of Inspector or equivalent  officer  of the law  enforcement agencies  or the members of Joint  Interrogation   Team (JIT) as­the, case  may  be, shall  have  all  the  powers  relating   to search,  arrest  of  persons and seizure  of property.  and  other  relevant  material  connected   with  the commission  of offence and shall have all the powers as a Police Officer has in relation  to the investigation  of offences  under the Code or any other law for the time being in force:                                                                          
Provided that the detenue shall be kept in a detention centre  so notified by the Government  and the presiding  officer of Court referred . in sub­section (3) shall have the authority to inspect the detention centers to ensure  that the custody  is in accordance   with the laws for the time being in force,                                               
"11EEEEE Prohibition on disposal of property._____ (l) If during the course of inquiry  or investigation,   the  Police  Officer  not below  the 'rank of Inspector  or the Job Investigation Team,  as the case may be, has  sufficient  evidence' to believe that any property which is the subject matter of the inquiry or investigation, is likely to be removed. transferred or otherwise disposed  of before an order of the appropriate authority for its seizure  is obtained,  such officer  or the  team  may, by order  in  writing, direct  the owner or any person  who is, for the time being, in possession   thereof  not  to remove,  transfer  or  otherwise   dispose  of such property  in any manner except  with the previous  permission  of such  Officer  or the team, as the case  may be, and such order  shall be subject to any order made by the Court having jurisdiction  in the matter.
(2) Any contravention of an order made under' sub­section (I) shall be punishable with rigorous  imprisonment   for a term which­ may extend to two years,  or with fine, or with both.
10.  Amendment of section 12, Act XXVII of 1997._____ In the  said Act, in section  12:_____
(a) in sub­section (1), after the word "Province" the words "or the Islamabad Capital Territory" shall   be inserted;  and     
(b) in  sub­section   (3),  after  the  word  "Province"    the  words"  or  the Islamabad  Capital Territory"  shall be inserted.
11. Amendment of section 13, Act XXVII of 1997._____In the  said Act.. in section  13, in sub­ section  (J),  for the words  brackets  and figures  "referred   to in sub­section(2)   and sub­section.(3} of section 39A;' the words ., under  this Act"  shall be substituted ..


12. Amendment  of section  19, Act XXVII of 1997._____In  the said Act, in section  19:_____
(a) for sub­section  (I), the following shall be substituted,  namely:­
"(1) The  offences   under  this  Act shall  be investigated   by a police officer  not  below the rank  of Inspector.  The  Government, if deems  necessary,  may  constitute  a Joint investigation  Team  of the  officers from  other law ­enforcement  agencies including intelligence  agencies  for assisting  the investigation   officer. The investigating officer or the Team shall complete  the investigation in respect  of cases triable by Anti­ terrorism   Court  within  ninety working   days  and  forward  a report  under  section 173 of the Code directly  to the Anti­ Terrorism Court:
Provided that, where investigation is not completed  within a period of ninety days from the date of recording of the first information report under section 154 of the Code the investigation officer  or the Team shall,  within  three  days after  expiration   of such  period.  forward  to the  Anti­terrorism   Court  through  the Public   Prosecutor,  an interim report under section 173 of the Code, stating therein the result of investigation   made  until then and  the  Court  shall  commence   the  trial  On the  basis of  such interim  report,  unless,  for  reasons  to' be  recorded,   the  Court decides  that the trial should  not so commence".
(b) after sub­section (1) substituted  as aforesaid, the following  new sub­ section  shall be inserted, namely:­                                         
"(1a) Notwithstanding anything contained  in any other law for the time being  in force, the Federal Government may, in respect of any case registered by or under investigation  with, the Police or any other investigation agency or authority, by order in writing. entrust inquiry  or such  investigation   to such agency  or authority   as it may deem fit and thereupon  the Police, or any other investigation. agency  or the authority shall transfer  the record  of the case  to such agency  or authority".
13.  Insertion of new section, Act XXVII of 1997.____ In the said Act, after section  19, the following  new section shall   be inserted,  namely:­
“19­A Mode of making searches, and arrest.____ The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, except that   of section  103, shall mutatis mutandis, apply  to ail  searches  and arrest by police  officer  and  an officer  of equivalent  rank of the law enforcement  agencies  made under this Act.
14. Amendment of  section 21D,  Act XXVII  of 1997.____In the said Act, in section  2ID,____
(i) for sub­section  (1) the following  shall be substituted,   namely:_____


"(I) Not Withstanding anything contained in section 496 and 497 of the Code of Criminal  Procedure,  1898.no court including a High Court or the Supreme  Court  shall grant bail to a person accused of an offence under this Act punishable with death or imprisonment for life or imprisonment   exceeding  ten years."
(ii) in sub­section  (2), for the colon the end  a full stop shall be substituted and the proviso shall be omitted;
(iii)  sub­sections  ,(3),{4) and (5) shall be  omitted: and
(iv) in sub­section (6), for the words" in accordance  with the conditions of his bail." the words and comma "during  investigation,  remand  or trial" shall be substituted.
15. Amendment of section 21E, Act XXVII of 1997. _____1n the said Act, in section 21E,____
(a) in sub­section   (1), for the words  "fifteen  days"  the words"   not  less than thirty days at one time"  shall be substituted;
(b) in sub­section (2), in the proviso for the word "thirty" the word “ninety” shall be substituted;  and
(c) in sub­section  (3), for the full stop at the end a colon shall be substituted and thereafter the following  proviso  shall be­added, namely:
Provided  that  the Magistrates appointed  under Nizam­e­Adal Regulation, 2009 shall also have the same  powers as given  to a Court under this section.
16.  Insertion of section 21EE, Act XXVII of l997.____  In the said Act, after section  21E, the following  new section shall be inserted.  Namely:_____
“21EE  Power to call information etc.____(l) The  Superintendent  of  Police during the course of investigation or an equivalent officer  of security forces operating  in aid of civil power under section 4 and 5, may by an order in writing:____
(a) call for information from any person for the purpose  of satisfying himself whether there has been any  contravention  of  the provisions  of  this Act or any rule or order made there under.
(b) require  any person to produce  or deliver  any document  or thing useful  or relevant  to the inquiry or investigation;
(c) examine  any person acquainted  with the facts and circumstances of the  case;
(d) require any bank or financial institution, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being  in force. 'to provide any information  relating to any person,  including copies of entries made in the bank's or a financial institution's book, including, information   of transactions   saved


in electronic or digital form which are reasonably believed to be connected with commission of ail offence  under this  Act. and the  keeper .of such  books  or records shall be obliged  to certify the copies  in accordance  with law;
(e) require information   or obtain  record  of telephone   and  mobile phone  data.  e­mail, MMS and CNIC or any  other  information suspected  to  be linked  in any manner  with commission  of an offence  under this Act, from  any service  provider  company  or department.
(2) The  copies  obtained,   information   received  or evidence collected in pursuance of clause (d) and.(e) shall be kept confidential and shall not be divulged  to any unauthorized   person  or used for any purpose  other  than the  legal proceedings under  this Act.
(3) Any  contravention  of an order made  under sub­section (1) shall be punishable  with imprisonment  which  may extend to two years or with fine which may extend to one hundred thousand  rupees or, with both."
17. Amendment  of section 21F, Act XXVII of 1997.____ In the  said Act, section  21F;___
(a) the words  and comma  "other than a child" and' the comma  and words “,unless granted by the Government"  shall be omitted.
(b) for the full stop at the end, a colon shall be substituted and thereafter the following provisions  shall be inserted, namely:____
"Provided in case of a child convicted  and sentences  for an offence under this Act, on satisfaction of government,  may be granted remission, as deemed 'appropriate".
18. Amendment of section 21H, Act XXVII of 1997.____­ In the said Act.  in section  21 H, in the existing  proviso,  after  the word  "Provided"   the  word "further"  shall be inserted and before the proviso amended as aforesaid. the following new proviso  shall be inserted.  namely:
"Provided that the confessional state merit made before the District Police Officer or equivalent  officer  of security forces operating in aid of civil power in the military I security operational  areas notified by the Government   under  section 4 of this Act, involving  attack  on the members of Armed Forces, Civil Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies, Government instal1ations, hotels or public property shall be admissible  in evidence."
19. Amendment of section 25, Act XXVII of 1997._____In the said Act, in section 25,_____
(a) in sub­section  (3), for the word "seven"  the word  "fifteen"   shall be substituted;  and


(b) in sub­section   (4), for the word "fifteen"  the  word  "thirty"  shan  be substituted.
20. Insertion of new section, Act XXVII of 1997.____ In the said  Act, after section 27, the following  new section shall be inserted,  namely:____
"27A Presumption of proof against accused.____(1) Any person having in possession, without lawful excuse, any explosive substance with or without explosive  devices  without justification or  having  been concerned  with such explosive   substance    and  devices,    shall  be presumed, unless contrary is proved, that the explosive  substance  was for the purpose  of terrorism.              
(2) Any person who has been convicted for an offence punishable under this Act, if having property or assets, which are disproportionate to his known sources of income, it shall be presumed,  unless contrary is proved, that the said property  and assets have been acquired through terrorist activities and shall be liable to be forfeited."
21. Amendment of section 28, Act XXVII or 1997.____In the said Act, in section 28, after the word "concerned" the words "on the application of any party to the proceedings or on the application of the Federal Government" shall be inserted.
22. Substitution of section 35 Act XXVII, 1997.____ In the said Act, for section 35 the following shall be substituted, namely:____
"35. Powers to make rules.____ The Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette,  make rules for carrying out the purposes  of this Act. "
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