THE DECORATIONS ACT, 1965

ACT No. X of 1965

( For Statement of Objects and Reasons, see Gaz. of P., 1965, Ext., p.514**)**

[3rd August, 1965]

An Act to repeal and, with certain modifications, re-enact the Decorations Ordinance, 1962, to provide for the conferment by the President of decorations for distinguished military and public service.

WHEREAS it is expedient to repeal and, with certain modi fications, re-enact the Decorations Ordinance, 1962, to provide for the conferment by the President of decorations for distin guished military or public service, restriction on the acceptance of foreign decorations by the citizens of Pakistan and persons in the service of Pakistan and matters ancillary thereto ;

AND WHEREAS the national interest of Pakistan in relation to the achievement of uniformity within the meaning of clause (2) of Article 131 of the Constitution requires Central legislation in the matter ;

It is hereby enacted as follows :-

SCHEDULE

  1. Nishan-i-Haider.

  2. Nishan-i-Pakistan.

  3. Nishan-i-Shuja'at.

  4. Nishan-i-Imtiaz .

  5. Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam .

  6. Nishan-i-Khidmat.

  7. Hilal-i-Pakistan.

  8. Hilal-i-Juraat.

  9. Hilal-i-Shuja'at.

10: Hilal-i-Imtiaz.

  1. Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam.

  2. Hilal-i-Khidmat.

  3. Sitara-i-Pakistan.

  4. Sitara-i-Juraat.

  5. Sitara-i-Sbuja'at.

  6. Sitara-i-Imtiaz.

  7. Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam.

  8. Sitara-i-Khidmat.

  9. Sitara-i-Basalat.

  10. Tamgha-i-Pakistan.

  11. Tamgha-i-Juraat.

  12. Tamgha-i-Shuja'at.

  13. Tamgha-i-Imtiaz.

  14. Tamgha-i-Quaid-i-Azam.

  15. Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Civil)

  16. Tamgha-i-Basalat.

  17. Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Military) Class I.

  18. Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Military) Class II.

  19. Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Military) Class III.

  20. Quaid-i-Azam Police Medal for Gallantry.

  21. Pakistan Police Medal for Gallantry.

  22. Quaid-i-Azam Police Medal for meritorious service.

  23. Pakistan Police Medal for meritorious service.

  24. Tamgha-i-Difa'a.

  25. Pakistan Independence Medal.

  26. Republic Commemoration Medal.

  27. President's Medal for Best Shot.

  28. President's Medal for Pride of Performance.

  29. President's Award for Leisure Time Activities.

  30. Sanad-i-Khidmat.

1. Short title and commencement------(1) This Act may be called the Decorations Act, 1965.

(2) It shall come into force at once and, except section 6, shall be deemed to have taken effect on the eighth day of June, 1962.

**2. Definition-----**In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context, " decoration " means any Title, Honour, Award, Order, Medal, Bar, Clasp or Commendation instituted or created by the President under section 3 and includes a deco ration enumerated in the Schedule.

**3. Institution or certain of decoration------**The President may, by Warrant, institute or create, from time to time, any decorations, and prescribe the conditions under which such decorations may be awarded, conferred, with drawn, forfeited, annulled, or restored after their withdrawal, forfeiture or annulment.

4. Continuance of existing decorations and their warrants of Institutions and Statues-------(1) All the decorations enumerated in the Schedule and their Warrants of Institution and the statutes, rules, regula tions and instructions pertaining thereto, which were in force immediately before the commencement of this Act, shall conti nue to be in force until altered, repealed or amended by the President.

(2) The President may, by order (For such order, see Gaz. of P., 1966, Ext., p. 845.), amend the Schedule so as to include therein or exclude therefrom any decoration.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the President may, at any time, withdraw, forfeit or annul any decoration awarded to, or conferred on, any person, and upon such withdrawal, forfeiture or annulment of any decoration, the person concerned shall cease to have any right or privilege apper taining thereto but the President may restore any such decora tion after its withdrawal, forfeiture or annulment.

5. Restriction on creation conferment or acceptance of decorations------(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act no person or authority in Pakistan shall institute or create, or confer on any person, any Title, Honour, Award, Order, Medal, Bar, Clasp or Commendation of the nature of a decoration or which is an imitation of any decoration.

(2) No citizen of Pakistan anti no person in the service of Pakistan shall accept any decoration from any foreign State or Sovereign except with the approval of the President.

6. Penalty and procedure------(1) Whoever contravenes the provisions of section 5 shall be punished with fine which may extend to twenty thousand rupees.

(2) A person convicted under this section for accepting any decoration from a foreign State or Sovereign shall be deemed to have been deprived of such decoration.

(3) No prosecution for an offence punishable under this Act shall be instituted except with the previous sanction of the Central Government.

(4) No Court inferior to a Court of Session shall try an offence under this section.

**7. Repeal------**The Decorations Ordinance, 1962, is hereby repealed. LX of 1962.

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