ISLAMABAD (News Desk): The president’s decision to promulgate eight ordinances in a single day has been challenged in the court. The plea filed in the Islamabad High Court by Barrister Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, a member of the national assembly, who belongs to the Pakistan Muslim League-N, states that the petition’s sole objective is to “strengthen the institution of the parliament whose powers have been usurped.” It further adds that the president signed into law eight ordinances on October 30, even though he was aware that a senate session was scheduled for November 5 and the national assembly was to meet two days later on November 7. The schedule of the two houses, the petitioner said, is prepared one month in advance. “Without waiting for these upcoming sessions of the parliament, the president rushed to promulgate eight ordinances in a single day.” Since coming to power, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government has passed eight laws through the parliament and the senate, but issued 19 ordinances to date. “The impugned ordinances are not a one-off case of abuse of ordinance-making power,” Ranjha added, “It appears that the respondents have adopted ordinance-making as the normal and routine method of legislation, avoiding parliamentary law-making as far as possible.” The respondents are the president, the principal secretary to the prime minister and the secretary law. Earlier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday submitted another written unconditional apology to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for her allegedly contemptuous press conference. In response to a notice issued to her by the court for committing the contempt of court, Dr Awan has tendered the unconditional apology and left herself at the mercy of the court. The IHC is scheduled to take up the case on Nov 11. The IHC on Oct 30 issued the contempt notice to Dr Awan under Section 3 of Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003, saying that she had maligned the court while claiming that hearing of a petition on the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was “a special dispensation”. The court, however, discharged the notice after she tendered an unconditional apology. However, the PM’s special assistant was issued another notice for committing the contempt of court and was directed to submit a written reply to the notice by Nov 5. When she appeared before the court Dr Awan verbally apologised over the notice which was rejected by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah. The IHC chief justice observed that Dr Awan had committed criminal contempt during her press conference and prima facie attempted to influence the proceeding in a sub judice matter and hence, she had tried to hinder the administration of justice. Islamabad High Court on Wednesday issued contempt of court notice to Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting, for criticising the institution of judiciary. The show-cause notice, issued under Section 3 of Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003, said that Awan maligned the IHC while saying that hearing of a petition on the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was “a special dispensation”. The court directed Awan to appear in person on November 1 (Friday) at 9am to explain as to why she should not be proceeded under the contempt law.