The Federal Laws of Pakistan are published by the Government in a document called the Gazette of Pakistan.
The well known law reporters, like the Pakistan Legal Decisions (PLD) and the Pakistan Law Journal (PLJ)
also contain the statutes in their statutes sections. The major compilation for statutes, however, is the Pakistan
Code. The current code is spread over twenty-one (21) volumes dating from the year 1836 C.E. Volume twenty-one, the last published volume, contains the laws made up to the year 1988. Code volumes for the years after
1988 are yet to be published and made available. The Ministry of Justice, Law and Parliamentary affairs does
publish individual Acts when these are updated in the light of amendments, but this is done through the Official Gazette. This means that the published Code may not contain the updated law, and for the updated version one
has to wait for the new edition of the Code. The latest versions of the laws are available from the government documents (Official Gazette) outlets and bookstores. The Acts sold by the bookstores are usually, but not
always, the exact copies of the laws published officially. Thus, in many cases, the Acts available from the market
do not contain the official notes added by the Ministry.
The Pakistan Code follows a chronological order. The statutes dealing with one area of the law are, therefore,
spread out and it sometimes becomes very difficult to trace the law. This difficulty is not faced by the members
of the legal profession as they understand the system and have been working with it for a long time. Others who
lack access to the legal resources may not be that lucky. A layman, on the other hand, will feel lost if he wants to discover for himself what the law is on a certain point. Of course, some lawyers will say that the law cannot be understood by the layman.
We, at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, feel that the law must have a broad topical arrangement on the surface, even if it is complex within. Accordingly, we have tried to classify the law of Pakistan into the following
fifty-four subjects. These titles have nothing to do with what may be followed officially. We have, therefore,
called each title, ALSI TITLE rather than TITLE so as to dispel the impression that this is an official
classification. Within this broad classification, there may be sub-classifications, which can be seen by following
An attempt has been made to somehow assimilate a large body of laws under this classification, but the
classification is not perfect. The Institute welcomes all ideas and suggestions for improving this classification.
This infobase has been started with a few statutes; it will grow gradually, but surely.
THE PAGES SHOWN BELOW CAN BE ACCESSED, BUT ARE ALL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THEY WILL BE UPDATED PERIODICALLY AND WILL BE USEFUL SOONALSI TITLE 1: THE CONSTITUTION OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN ALSI TITLE 2: THE LEGISLATURE ALSI TITLE 3: THE JUDICIARY ALSI TITLE 4: THE EXECUTIVE ALSI TITLE 5: ARMED FORCES ALSI TITLE 6: ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AND SERVICES ALSI TITLE 7: AERONAUTICS AND AVIATION ALSI TITLE 8: AGRICULTURE, FISHING AND ANIMALS ALSI TITLE 9: ARBITRATION ALSI TITLE 10: BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY ALSI TITLE 11: BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ALSI TITLE 12: ENTERPRISE ORGANISATION AND SECURITIES REGULATION ALSI TITLE 13: CARRIERS, TRANSPORTATION AND SHIPPING ALSI TITLE 14: CENSUS AND REGISTRATION ALSI TITLE 15: COMMERCE AND TRADE ALSI TITLE 16: COURT PROCEDURE---CIVIL ALSI TITLE 17: COURT PROCEDURE---CRIMINAL ALSI TITLE 18: COURT PROCEDURE---EVIDENCE ALSI TITLE 19: CRIMES ALSI TITLE 20: EDUCATION ALSI TITLE 21: ELECTIONS ALSI TITLE 22: ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION ALSI TITLE 23: FOOD AND DRUGS ALSI TITLE 24: FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ALSI TITLE 25: HEALTH AND WELFARE ALSI TITLE 26: HIGHWAYS ALSI TITLE 27: INSURANCE ALSI TITLE 28: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, MEDIA AND CENSORSHIP ALSI TITLE 29: INTERNAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY ALSI TITLE 30: LABOUR AND INDUSTRY ALSI TITLE 31: LIBRARIES, HISTORY, CULTURE AND ART ALSI TITLE 32: LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MUNICIPALITIES, DISTRICTS AND TEHSILS ALSI TITLE 33: MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ALSI TITLE 34: MINERALS AND MINING ALSI TITLE 35: MONEY AND FINANCE ALSI TITLE 36: MOTOR VEHICLES ALSI TITLE 37: NATIONALITY AND FOREIGN NATIONALS ALSI TITLE 38: NAVIGATION, NAVIGABLE WATERS, CANALS AND PORTS ALSI TITLE 39: PERSONAL LAW AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS ALSI TITLE 40: POST OFFICE AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ALSI TITLE 41: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS ALSI TITLE 42: PROPERTY ALSI TITLE 43: PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS, JAILS AND CORRECTIONS ALSI TITLE 44: PUBLIC CONTRACTS ALSI TITLE 45: PUBLIC CORPORATIONS AND EMPLOYEES ALSI TITLE 46: PUBLIC LANDS AND BUILDINGS ALSI TITLE 47: PUBLIC PRINTING AND DOCUMENTS ALSI TITLE 48: PUBLIC SERVANTS IN GENERAL ALSI TITLE 49: PUBLIC UTILITIES: WATER, GAS AND POWER ALSI TITLE 50: SOCIETIES AND THEIR REGISTRATION ALSI TITLE 51: SPORTS AND AMUSEMENTS ALSI TITLE 52: TAXATION, EXCISE AND CUSTOMS ALSI TITLE 53: WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENCE ALSI TITLE 54: MISCELLANEOUS LAWS© Advanced Legal Studies Institute