Pakistan Penal Code…

The Pakistan Penal Code usually called PPC is a penal code for all of fences charged in Pakistan. It was originally prepared by Lord Macaulay with a great consultation in 1860 on the behalf of the Government of British India as the Indian Penal Code. After the partition of India in 1947, Pakistan inherited the same code and subsequently after several amendments in different governments, it is now mixture of Islamic and English Law.


The draft of the (British) Indian Penal Code was prepared by the First Law Commission and it was chaired by Lord Macaulay. Its basis is the law of England freed from superfluities, technicalities and local peculiarities. Suggestions were also derived from the French Penal Code and from Living stone’s Code of Louisiana. The draft underwent a very careful revision at the hands of Sir Barnes Peacock, Chief Justice, and puisne Judges of the Calcutta Supreme Court who were members of the Legislative Council, and was passed into law in 1860; unfortunately Macaulay did not survive to see his masterpiece enacted into a law.

 Though it is principally the work of a man who had hardly held a brief, and whose time was devoted to politics and literature, it was universally acknowledged to be a monument of codification and an everlasting memorial to the high juristic attainments of its distinguished author. For example even cyber crimes can be punished under the code.

Important Features of PPC


Section 1.Title and extent of operation of the Code. This Act shall be called the Pakistan Penal Code, and shall take effect throughout Pakistan.

Section 4

The provisions of this Code apply also to any of fence committed by:-

 (1) Any citizen of Pakistan or any person in the service of Pakistan in any place without and beyond Pakistan;

 (4) Any person on any ship or aircraft registered in Pakistan wherever it may be.


In this section the word “of fence” includes every act committed outside Pakistan which, if committed in Pakistan, would be punishable under this Code. Extension of Code to extraterritorial of fences.