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Article: 172 Reports of Auditor-General

172.  Ownerless property.(1) Any property which has no rightful owner shall, if located in a Province, vest in the Government of that Province, and in every other case, in the Federal Government.

(2)  All lands, minerals and other things of value within the continental shelf or underlying the ocean 1[beyond] the territorial waters of Pakistan shall vest in the Federal Government.

2[(3) Subject to the existing commitments and obligations, mineral oil and natural gas within the Province or the territorial waters adjacent thereto shall vest jointly and equally in that Province and the Federal Government.]


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Footnotes:

1. Section 65(i) of the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Act, 2010 (10 of 2010), substituted the said word, in place of the word “within” occurring for the second time in clause (2) of Art. 172, (w.e.f. April 19, 2010).

2. Section 65(ii) of the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Act, 2010 (10 of 2010), inserted the said new clause (3), in its present form, after clause (2) of Art. 172, (w.e.f. April 19, 2010).


Comparative Table of Article 172 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 :
Constitution of Pakistan 1962 :
146
Constitution of Pakistan 1956 :
133
Constitution of India 1950:
296
Government of India Act 1935:
174

Leading & Latest Cases on Article 172 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 :

SECRETARY MUKTAGACHHA ABBASIA SENIOR MADRASSA
PROVINCE OF EAST PAKISTAN AND OTHERS
MUHAMMAD SADIQ
TAJ MUHAMMAD AND 2 OTHERS
MST. SHAMIM BEGUM
MAQBOOL HUSSAIN AND OTHERS


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