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Article: 128 Power of Governor to promulgate Ordinances.

128.  Power  of  Governor  to promulgate Ordinances.—(1)   The Governor may,   except   when   the   Provincial   Assembly   is   in   session,   if   satisfied   that circumstances     exist    which    render    it    necessary    to    take   immediate   action,     make and  promulgate  an  Ordinance  as  the  circumstances  may  require.

 

(2) An Ordinance promulgated under this Article shall have the same force and effect as an Act of the Provincial Assembly and shall be subject to like restrictions as the power of the Provincial Assembly to make laws, but every such Ordinance—

(a)  shall  be  laid  before  the  Provincial  Assembly  and  shall  stand repealed at the  expiration  of  1[ninety days] from  its  promulgation  or,  if  before  the expiration  of that period a resolution disapproving it is passed by the Assembly,  upon  the  passing  of  that  resolution 1[ : ]

 

1[Provided that the Provincial Assembly may by a resolution extend the Ordinance for a further period of ninety days and it shall stand repealed at the expiration of the extended period, or if before the expiration of that period a resolution disapproving it is passed by the Assembly, upon the passing of that resolution:

 

Provided further that extension for a further period may be made only once.]

(b)  may be withdrawn at any time by the Governor.

(3)  Without prejudice to the provisions of clause (2) an Ordinance laid before the Provincial Assembly shall be deemed to be a Bill introduced in the Provincial Assembly.

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Footnotes:

1. Section 41 of the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Act, 2010 (10 of 2010), substituted the said words, in place of the words “three months”, in paragraph (a) of clause (2) of Art. 128 and thereafter substituted a colon, in place of the semi colon, at the end of the said paragraph and inserted new provisos thereto, (w.e.f. April 19, 2010).


Comparative Table of Article 128 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973

 

Constitution of Pakistan 1962 :

79

Constitution of Pakistan 1956 :

102

Constitution of India 1950:

213

Government of India Act 1935:

88

 

Leading & Latest Cases on Article 128 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 :

TILLA MUHAMMAD AND ANOTHER
GOVERNMENT OF NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE THROUGH SECRETARY, LAW DEPA
GHULAM NABI
PROVINCE OF SINDH AND OTHERS
 P L D 2008 SC 178  TIKA IQBAL MUHAMMAD KHAN  GENERAL PERVEZ MUSHARAF & OTHERS
SINDH HIGH COURT BAR ASSOCIATION THROUGH ITS SECRETARY AND ANOTHER
FEDERATION OF PAKISTAN THROUGH SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF LAW AND JUSTICE

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