Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday stated that the Rangers will get special policing powers for the entire Sindh province.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, he said the notification issued under Article 174 for extension of Rangers’ special powers gives jurisdiction to the civil armed forces not only limited to Karachi but to the whole of Sindh province.
However, Nisar said he would look into the matter after he officially receives summary of the Sindh government with respect to extension of the Rangers’ special powers.
Interior Minister said he got the information through media that Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah had signed the summary seeking extension of special powers of the Rangers.
He further said the Rangers have conducted 154 operations in interior Sindh during the ongoing operation and arrested 544 suspects affiliated with different banned organisations, drug mafia and human smuggling.
Khan said that recently two personnel of the Pakistan Army and one of the Rangers were killed in Karachi but so far their killers have not been traced.
Minister said the role of Rangers should not be politicised as they are rendering services for peace in Karachi.
“A significant reduction has been witnessed in incidents of terrorism, extortion and kidnapping for ransom since the launch of the Karachi operation in the city,” he said, adding both federal and provincial governments should carry forward the operation for complete restoration of peace in Karachi.
Khan said that 31 personnel of Rangers were martyred and 89 injured during the ongoing operation in Karachi.
To a question, he said that hindrances have always been created in the way of the Karachi operation when they arrest some influential or prominent personality.
He said an important meeting would be held next week on National Action Plan (NAP), and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and heads of intelligences would participate in the meeting.
He said the first phase of Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) verification campaign was successfully completed.
“Around 2.6 million people have sent SMS to National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) for the verification of their CNICs during a period of one month,” he said, adding the Authority also sent SMS to 1.8 million people for this purpose.
Nisar claimed that during the last one month, more than 23,000 fake CNICs were identified which mostly belong to “intruders” while the Authority has focused over 224,000 cards issued during the period.
He said cases will be registered, after August 31, against those people who are holding fake CNICs and they would be sent to jail for 14 years of imprisonment.
With the help of Nadra, media and our people we will be able to throw out the “intruders” from the country, he added.
To a question regarding India’s Ministry of External Affairs statement that Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh will not be conducting any bilateral meetings during his visit to Pakistan, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said “I am also not that curious to meet him”.
Indian Home Minister is arriving here on a two-day visit on August 3 to attend the meeting of Interior Ministers from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) being hosted by Pakistan. -Business Recorder