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    Sunday, 26 November 2017

    Sedition and it's Punishment

    1. Introduction
    Under Pakistan Penal Code, some acts have been declared as offences against state. Sedition is one of these acts. Usually sedition and treason are intermixed with each other. However, the reality is that these two terms are different from each other. main difference between them is that it is treason and not sedition, which leads to violation of public peace.

    2. Definition
    According to Pakistan Penal Code, sedition can be defined as doing of certain acts, which cause or attempt to cause hatred or contempt against legally established government or which create or attempt to create disaffection against such government.

    3. Explanation of Sedition
    Following points are important for further explanation of sedition
    (i) Stirring up of rebellion
    (ii) To encourage for rebellion
    (iii) Terrorism & Public order laws

    (i) Stirring up of rebellion
    Sedition is considered a mean to stir up rebellion against a legally established government.

    (ii) To encourage for rebellion
    Out of its purposes, one purpose of sedition is to encourage people for rebellion against a legally established government.

    (iii) Terrorism & Public Order Laws
    In most of states, laws about sedition somewhat equate to terrorism and public order laws.

    (4) Punishment of Sedition
    Either of following three different punishment can be awarded against commission of sedition

    (i) Life imprisonment and fine
    A person, who is convicted of sedition, can be punishment with life imprisonment to which fine can be added.

    (ii) Imprisonment and fine
    A person, who is convicted of sedition, can be punished with imprisonment, which can extend to seven years, to which fine can be added.

    (iii) Fine
    A person, who is convicted of sedition, can be punished with fine.

    Conclusion

    To conclude, it can be stated that most of provisions, which are still present in Pakistan Penal Code, belong to British colonial era. Provision about sedition is also one of them. Although United Kingdom has abolished its sedition law in 2010, yet such law is still enforceable in Pakistan.
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