KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Sunday approved the extension of Rangers’ exclusive policing powers by 60 days. According to the Spokesperson for CM Sindh, Rangers will be able to take action against terrorism, sectarian murders, target killings, extortion and kidnappings for ransom.
The extension of two months was approved after a resolution pertaining to the special powers of Rangers was approved by the Sindh Assembly. The resolution however has significantly curtailed the powers of Rangers.
Sources say that the extension was to be for 120 days but Sindh government only approved the extension for 60 days.
The special policing powers will not include the right to raid government offices and interrogation of officers. Rangers will have to ask a special permission from CM Sindh in order to conduct such actions.
According to the Spokesperson, the extension in Rangers powers was provided on 6th of December.
The spokesman said a letter has also been dispatched to the Federal Ministry of Interior informing it about the approval granted to the extension in special powers to the paramilitary force.-INP
Islamabad reporter adds: The federal government has reportedly received the summary forwarded by Sindh provincial government with connection to extension of Rangers’ deployment in Karachi.
The reports claimed that the summary is also attached with the provincial assembly resolution which was recently passed related to extension in Rangers’ deployment. It was stated that the federal government has decided to take input from legal experts on the summary before issuing any notification.
Earlier, the Sindh government forwarded a letter to federal government for notification of the extension in deployment of the Rangers in Karachi.
Source: Business Recorder