KARACHI:In a major development, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Friday extended the special policing power of Rangers for one year under Article 147 of the constitution.
According to sources, the decision was taken on the directives of PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Earlier this month, the provincial government approved an extension of special powers of Rangers under Section-4 of the Anti Terrorism Act 1997 for 30 days.
The CM Sindh had earlier said that under the 18th amendment to the Constitution, the Sindh government is bound to seek concurrence from the provincial Assembly before allowing the paramilitary force to continue its operations for more than one month.
It may be recalled here that the provincial government has been extending the mandate to the Rangers repeatedly. Some four months ago, Rangers were given special powers to arrest and detain suspects for the period of 90 days.
The Chief Minister said that Rangers were brought in Karachi by the Sindh government years back, and their deployment had been extended time and again. He appreciated the services and sacrifices rendered by the paramilitary troops and Sindh police.
Source: Business Recorder