Antiquities (Amendment) Act 2012

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ACT XII OF 2012

ANTIQUITIES (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2012

An Act further to amend the Antiquities Act, 1975

[Gazette of Punjab , Extraordinary,

11th February 2012]

No. PAP/Legis-2(84)/2011/525, dated 11-2-2012.---The Antiquities (Amendment) Bill, 2011, originally passed by the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab on the 22nd day of December 2011, was sent to the Governor of the Punjab for assent. The Governor returned the Bill for reconsideration by the Assembly. The Provincial Assembly of the Punjab , after reconsideration, again passed the Bill on the 25th day of January 2012. The Bill was again sent to the Governor for assent on the 27th day of January 2012. Since the Governor has not assented to the Bill within the stipulated period of ten days, the same is deemed to have been assented to in terms of clause (3) of Article 116 of the Constitution, and is published as an Act of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab .

Preamble.--- Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Antiquities Act, 1975 (VII of 1976) for the purposes hereinafter appearing;

It is enacted as follows:---

1. Short title and commencement.--- (1) This Act may be cited as the Antiquities (Amendment) Act, 2012.

(2) It extends to the whole of the Punjab .

2. Amendments in Act VII of 1976.--- In the Antiquities Act, 1975 (VII of 1976), hereinafter referred to as the said Act---

(a) for the word " Pakistan ", wherever occurs, the words "the Punjab " shall be substituted; and;

(b) for the words "Federal Government", wherever occur, the word "Government" shall be substituted.

3. Amendments in Section 2 of Act VII of 1976.--- In the said Act, in Section 2---

(a) for clause (f), the following shall be substituted:---

"(f) "export" means taking anything out of the Punjab by land or air;" and

(b) after clause (f), the following clause (ff) shall be inserted:---

"(ff) "Government" means Government of the Punjab ;"

4. Amendment in Section 3 of Act VII of 1976.--- In the said Act, in Section 3, for subsection (1), the following shall be substituted:-

"(1) For the purpose of this Act, the Government shall, by notification in the official Gazette, constitute an Advisory Committee consisting of archaeologists, architects, historians and members of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab and the Director General shall be the Chairman of the Advisory Committee."

5. Substitution of Section 7 of Act VII of 1976.--- In the said Act, for Section 7, the following shall be substituted:---

"7. Acquisition of land containing antiquities.---If "the Director General has reasonable grounds to believe that any land contains any antiquity, he may request the Government to acquire such land under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (I of 1894) and such acquisition shall be deemed to be acquisition for public purpose."

6. Amendment in Section 15 of Act VII of 1976.--- In the

said Act, in Section 15, for subsection (1), the following shall be substituted:---

"(1) If the Director General apprehends that a protected immovable antiquity is in danger of being destroyed, injured or allowed to fall into decay, he may, request the Government to acquire such antiquity under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (I of 1894) and such acquisition shall be deemed to be acquisition for public purpose."

7. Omission of Section 38 of Act VII of 1976.--- In the said Act, Section 38 shall be omitted.

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