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That which affects, characterizes, or belongs to an individual person, as opposed to the general public.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

LAW, PRIVATE. An act of the legislature which relates to some private matters, which do not concern the public at large.

PRIVATE. Not general, as a private act of the legislature; not in office; as, a private person, as well as an officer, may arrest a felon; individual, as your private interest; not public, as a private way, a private nuisance.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Flanked by owners of private schools, including All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association vice-president Inamullah Khan, Shahid Wali, Ahmad Ali, Mohammad Zafar and others, the NEC chairman said that representatives of six associations of private schools had held a meeting with the Private Schools Regulatory Authority managing director Zafar Ali Shah and apprised him of their problems.
He said that around 95 per cent of private schools were charging normal fee in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
President of the association, Yawar Naseer said KP government had approved an act few months ago according to which the fees of private educational institutions have been reduced by 10 percent, while fee structure has also been changed.
The KP private schools authority has also announced further 20 percent reduction in the fees, after which the total reduction in fees has reached 30 percent now, he claimed.
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