THE OFFENCE OF ZINA (ENFORCEMENT OF HUDOOD) ORDINANCE, 1979.
1ORDINANCE NO. VII OF 1979
An Ordinance to bring in conformity with the Injunctions of Islam the law relating to the
offence of zina.
WHEREAS it is necessary to modify the existing law relating to zina so as to bring it in
conformity with the injunctions of Islam as set out in the Holy Quran and Sunnah;
AND WHEREAS the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to
take immediate action;
NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the Proclamation of the fifth day of July, 1977, read with
the Laws (Continuance in Force) Order, 1977 (C.M.L.A. Order No. I of 1977), and in exercise of all
powers enabling him in that behalf, the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following
1. Short title, extent and commencement.(1) This Ordinance may be called the Offence of
Zina (Enforcement of Hudood) Ordinance, 1979.
(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.
(3) It shall come into force on the twelfth day of RabiulAwwal, 1399 Hijri, that is, the tenth day
of February, 1979.
2. Definitions. In this Ordinance, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context:
(a) “adult” means a person who has attained, being a male, the age of eighteen years or, being
a female, the age of sixteen years, or has attained puberty;
2[“(aa) “confession” means, notwithstanding any judgement of any court to the contrary, an
oral statement, explicitly admitting the commission of the offence of zina, voluntarily
made by the accused before a court of sessions having jurisdiction in the matter or on
receipt of a summons under section 203A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act
V of 1898)”]; and
1 This Ordinance has.been applied to the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas of Baluchistan, by Baluchistan Govt. Notification No. S. O. (TA)3 (46)/79, dated 2941979, see
Baluchistan Gazette. 1979, Ext. (Issue No. 58), dated 1461979.
This Ordinance has been applied to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas by S.R.O. No. 362(I)/97, dated 2341979, see Gaz. of P., Ext., Pt II, p. 632.
This Ordinance has been applied to the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas of the N. W. F. P. by N. W. F. P., Government Notification No. 127HD (TA) III/79H, dated 26th May,
1979, see N. W. F. P., Government Gazette Ext., 1979, p. 1101.
2 Ins. by Act VI of 06, s. 10.
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