SC rejects Rangers plea for powers to investigate, prosecute suspects    

KARACHI: Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Sindh Rangers’ application for powers to investigate and prosecute suspects, register First Information Reports (FIRs) and set up police stations in Sindh province.

The apex court in its order said “it cannot pass an order granting the paramilitary force those powers because it was not in its jurisdiction to do so”.

The five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, observed that a legislative intervention was required to grant Rangers the powers it had sought from the court.

Earlier this week, the Rangers submitted an application before the bench and requested for these powers, to ensure peace in the province.

The order came up during the course of hearing in the Karachi law and order case at Karachi Registry.