President Asif Ali Zardari Monday on the advice of the Prime Minister has promulgated the 'Surveying and Mapping Ordinance, 2013' to regulate and implement the surveying & mapping standards in the country and to enable Survey of Pakistan (SoP) to effectively assume its role of National Mapping Organisation.

Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said, "Surveying & Mapping Bill-2013, prepared by Survey of Pakistan duly approved by the Cabinet was unanimously recommended by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence. The bill was included in the order of day of house of National Assembly on 11th, 13th and 14th March, 2013 but could not be taken up due to paucity of time."

As the National Assembly has been dissolved on completion of its five year tenure with effect from 17 March 2013 and Senate of Pakistan is not in session, the matter being of urgent nature, the Prime Minister has advised the President for according approval and promulgating the said legislation as ordinance. Accordingly the President today signed and promulgated the 'Surveying and Mapping Ordinance, 2013'.