Rangers Stay in Sindh Extended But with Certain Limitations
KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday extending the Rangers’ stay in Sindh yet restricting its special powers against raid and arrest of suspects.
Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Sial presented the resolution on the critical issue of Rangers’ powers on the floor of the Sindh Assembly, amid chants and slogans by opposition members.
Opposition members, including those from the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), PML-F and the PML-Q, tore apart their copies of the resolution and staged a walkout from the assembly to register their protest against the PPP-led provincial government.
According to the resolution, the paramilitary force can only take action against target killings, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, and sectarian killings, taking corruption and raid in government offices off their jurisdiction. Should they come across a situation as such where abetting terrorism suspected, they are take consent from the civil administration prior arrest.
Rangers were given special policing powers following the start of the surgical action in Karachi in 2013.
The deployment of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, in Karachi is requisitioned under Article 147 of the Constitution, and under Clause 1 of Sub-section 3 of Section 4 of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, authorised to prevent the commission of terrorist acts, or scheduled offences in notified area for the punishment of terrorist in accordance with the provision of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
Rangers is currently spearheading an ‘operation’ against criminal elements in Karachi, which was initiated back in September 2013 after the federal cabinet empowered the force to lead a targeted advance with the support of police against criminals already identified by federal military and civilian agencies for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism in Karachi.
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