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President promulgates two Ordinances

President Asif Ali Zardari has promulgated two ordinances namely the National Defence University Ordinance, 2009 and the Institute of Space Technology Ordinance, 2009.

Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar in a statement said that these ordinances one for the establishment of National Defence University at Islamabad and the other for the establishment and grant of degree awarding status the Institute of Space Technology were initially promulgated in July, 2007.

These had to be placed before the Parliament within 120 days with effect from July 31, 2009 in accordance with the Supreme Court verdict of that date, he said.

However, these Ordinances could not get passed from both Houses of Parliament by the deadline set in the Supreme Court verdict.

The President, therefore, on the advice of the Prime Minister and in terms of Article 89(1) of the Constitution and the Rules of Business 1973 promulgated these Ordinances for continuity and smooth operations and also to avoid legal implications, he said.

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