ISLAMABAD - The Presidential Ordinance re-imposing petroleum development tax on petroleum products was challenged in the Supreme Court on Friday. The petitioner, Shoaib Shahid Advocate, in his petition filed through his counsel Ikram Chaudhry Advocate under article 184/3 of the Constitution, said that the Ordinance was based on ill intent and against the constitutional provisions ensuring basic human rights and social justice. He prayed to the apex court to strike down the Ordinance, as, he said, the President had no authority under Article 77 of the Constitution to impose taxes. That the Ordinance XV of 2009 violates Article 2-A, 4, 5, 8,9,25,37,38,77 and 89 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the petition stated. Federation of Pakistan through Secretary Law and Justice, Secretary Ministry of Petroleum, and Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) have been made respondents in the petition. Earlier, on July 7, a three-member bench of the apex court had temporarily suspended the imposition of carbon tax on petroleum products levied through finance bill 2009-10. The government although in compliance with the apex court order abolished the carbon tax, yet President Zardari issued an Ordinance to impose Petroleum Development Levy on petroleum products.