Govt issues notification extending Rangers policing powers

Published: December 25, 2015
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Rejecting Sindh a summary of govt, interior ministry on Wednesday announced to extend powers of the paramilitary force

Rejecting Sindh a summary of govt, interior ministry on Wednesday announced to extend powers of the paramilitary force

ISLAMABAD: Just two days after the Sindh cabinet rejected the federal government’s decision to extend the Rangers’ policing powers, the government issued a notification providing legal cover to paramilitary force to exercise policing powers in Karachi for another two months.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sindh cabinet rejected the federal interior ministry’s decision to unilaterally extend Rangers powers after the latter turned down a summary of the provincial government adopted in light of Sindh Assembly’s resolution to limit the force.

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The federal government on Friday issued a notification under article 147 of the constitution, providing legal cover to the paramilitary force to exercise policing powers under clause 4 of Anti Terrorism Act 1997.

Sindh Assembly adopted a resolution on December 16 to limit the Rangers’ sphere of action to cases of targeted killing, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and sectarian killing.

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The force was restrained from placing in preventive custody any person not directly involved in terrorism, for which it was to seek a written approval from the chief minister.

On Wednesday, however, the Sindh cabinet termed the federal government’s move to extend the Rangers’ powers ‘unconstitutional’. It said the move was aimed at ‘degrading’ the assembly’s resolution and encroaching upon the provincial administration’s powers.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Salman
    Dec 25, 2015 - 7:23PM

    I praise Ch Nisar for his efforts. PPP is the worst govt that any Province could have Recommend

  • Saleem
    Dec 25, 2015 - 7:53PM

    Democracy and corruption are not synonym. PPP and media should learn that and stop playing victimization card.Recommend

  • Lobster
    Dec 25, 2015 - 8:16PM

    Thank you, Ch. Nisar.

    A KarachiiteRecommend

  • MSH
    Dec 26, 2015 - 12:48AM

    Another Blow for the Corrupt and Criminals PPP leadership.Thanks Chase Nisar.Recommend

  • MSH
    Dec 26, 2015 - 12:52AM

    PPP to be proud of Zardari,Ayan Ali,Manzoor Ka Ka,Faryal Talpur,Sharjil Memon,Qaim Ali Shah,Pir Mazharul Haq ,Gilani,Raja Ashraf and thousands more.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Dec 26, 2015 - 5:40AM

    On Wednesday, however, the Sindh cabinet termed the federal government’s move to extend the Rangers’ powers ‘unconstitute ional’.

    This makes the rangers actions in the Sindh province ilegal and subject to prosecution in local courts. Now is the momemt for local police to arrest the rangers N if a complaint s filed by a citizen against their illegal posture.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Napier Mole
    Dec 26, 2015 - 8:22AM

    Among all the fuss, lets not miss the point, the extent of the rangers led operation remains limited to Karachi. Lets also not miss the point that all the major corruption figures: Zardari, Manzoor Kaka, Sharjeel Memon, to name a few have already been provided safe passage outside the country.Recommend

  • jeyontario@gmail.com
    Dec 26, 2015 - 10:01AM

    Only for 2 MONTHS ! At least for 2 Years Nisaar ! (Seems PPP & PMLN are united against Pakistani Institutions) Recommend

  • Razia K Baloch
    Dec 26, 2015 - 10:06AM

    Only two months extension shows PML N & PPP are united against state institutions. If Nisaar & PML N is sincere, they should have given extension for at least 2 years. Recommend

  • Dec 26, 2015 - 11:01AM

    PPP has defined in unambiguous terms that corruption and democracy are twin brothers. Now face the disciplinary action. Thanks a lot Choudhary Nisar for the extension. SalamsRecommend

  • Dec 26, 2015 - 12:11PM

    a good step to safe and peaceful karachi. Thanks To the federal GovtRecommend

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