Federal Government restores DG Rangers Sindh

Published: August 29, 2011

Chaudhry was dismissed as DG Rangers on the orders of the Supreme Court (SC) during the Sarfaraz Shah Murder trial.

KARACHI: Federal Government restored Major General Ijaz Chaudhry as DG Rangers Sindh on Sunday.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the media in Karachi that the federal government has re-appointed Ijaz Chaudhry as DG Rangers Sindh adding that Chaudhry will be assuming charge tomorrow.

Chaudhry was dismissed as DG Rangers on the orders of the Supreme Court (SC) during the Sarfaraz Shah Murder trial.

Meanwhile in a statement issued today, the ISPR also made it clear that the court had sentenced the officials involved in the Sarfaraz Shah Murder Case where in the DG Rangers Sindh was also dismissed on the orders of SC. But now, in light of the situation in Karachi, his services were at the disposal of the federal government.

Reader Comments (9)

  • Romm
    Aug 29, 2011 - 1:36AM

    Well done army. Thanks god some institution has the teeth to refute judicial dictatorship. Pak army Zindanad. Pakistan paindabad

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  • basharat
    Aug 29, 2011 - 7:20AM

    Order to remove/ transfer of an Army General was an act of exceeding its authority on the part of the Chief Justice, it should have been resisted, obeying an order which is unlawful on the face of it, in my view can be ignored. The does not have administrative authority over Army.

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  • Muhammad Rehan Siddiqui
    Aug 29, 2011 - 9:24AM

    Actually, if a case like Sarfaraz Shah’s murder had occurred in any other country, the head of the relevant department would have immediately resigned assuming the responsibility. In Pakistan this is not the culture. Here, after such incidents, the first statement from the official is, “I condemn what happened, but I won’t resign.” …. KURSI is very dear in Pakistan.

    I don’t think Chief Justice’s decision is ‘exceeding the authority’. He should have ordered suspension of Interior Minister and Police Chief also after the continuous bloodshed in Karachi.

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  • Uzair Javaid
    Aug 29, 2011 - 10:28AM

    @basharat: Appointment of Rangers is the authority of the interior minister and CJ instructed and can instruct paramilitary forces which come under the government to change/remove the Director general. Its nothing bad what CJ did but the sarfraz shah case was more of a public pressure without any sense in it. When you give rangers shoot at sight orders, they are unquestionable when the boy was filmed wearing a mask on his face and claiming himself that the gun was fake, but again that comes under harassing people even with fake weapon and violation of public order & peace

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  • Sohail
    Aug 29, 2011 - 11:10AM

    well every institution comes under the authority of supreme court. so if a person is suspected to be involved or showed criminal negligence over cold bloded murder of a civilian every citizen can be brought to justice either hez a military person or not. Law is equal for all. n also its important to mention that its good that he got restored after getting thoroughly investigated hence the law prevailed…

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  • Bilal
    Aug 29, 2011 - 11:23AM

    That’s absolute nonsense. The judicial arm of any civilized state (including Pakistan) has the power of judicial review over all actions of the state executive, and army is just another institution like the civil defence as part of the executive. Judiciaries all over the world including India, Turkey, US, UK, South Africa, and name any country that obeys the law have the power to remove any official of the state on the indiscriminate, unlawful and extra-judicial killing of a civilian.
    The neuremburg trails held the senior officer of the nazi also accountable for the acts of their foot-soldiers.
    Army is no sacred cow and treating it as such has led us to the present abyss. Officials in the army are government officials and when they do something in violation of the highest law of land and/or religion they can be, nay should be punished.
    This act of restoring the incompetent DG under whose command a Pakistan citizen was murdered in broad daylight without impunity and remorse needs to go. It’s just another case of the executive trying to clash with the judicial organ.
    Islam as well as secular natural law both demand that the guilty be punished and those accountable be made answerable. In the eyes of Allah as well as secular norms of justice all are equal…which one do you Romm/basharat submit ?
    Pleas stop spreading ignorance. I wonder what would you two have written had Sarfaraz Shah been your own brother or relative. What hypocrisy.
    It’s so scary to be living in a province with such a person heading one of the “law” enforcement agencies. I wonder what “inhumane” LAW does he submit to. He’s not even in control of his own force and he’s expected to bring peace. It feels the government is out to destroy the citizens.
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  • Cautious
    Aug 29, 2011 - 8:47PM

    The SC may not have had the proper authority to dismiss the General — but someone does and this guy deserved to be fired.

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  • Halim
    Aug 29, 2011 - 11:59PM

    My 7 year old knows that Army is an institution established under the constitution. Courts interpret the constitution and instruct govt to do things. So, CJ did not remove DG from his orders. He asked Govt. to do that.
    It was transgression by ISPR instead, to ask govt to re-seat the suspended DG Rangers. Who does not love his “kursi” after all in this country?

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  • Halim
    Aug 30, 2011 - 12:03AM

    Rangers planted illegal weapon. An important question was left unanswered. What was the source of that weapon? But i am no one to question. I will continue to worship Pak Army….’Zindabaad’ everyone.Recommend

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