The Act was passed by National Assembly on 8th February, 1993 and Senate on 2nd March, 1993. It received the assent of the President of Pakistan on 29th March, 1993. The main objectives of the Act are to allow totally access to the historical records preserved in National Archives of Pakistan and to provide for an access period after which the records become accessible. The Act provides for 20 years as the access period from the date of creation of the records.
The National Archives shall be managed and controlled by the Director General who shall be appointed by the Federal Government and for the purpose of such management and control it shall be the duty of the Director General