Rangers to keep policing powers in Karachi: Nisar

Published: July 8, 2015
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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar addresses a press conference at Punjab House in Islamabad on July 8, 2015. PHOTO: PID

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar addresses a press conference at Punjab House in Islamabad on July 8, 2015. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry on Wednesday said the Sindh government would not withdraw policing power from the paramilitary Rangers force in Karachi.

“Earlier, we decided we will withdraw Rangers from the metropolis after Youm-e-Ali but after talks with Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah we have decided to extend their requisition,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday evening.

He said the Sindh government will extend the policing powers of the paramilitary force by Wednesday night, which will then be approved by the federation.

Claiming that the federal government will not allow Rangers to be targetted, Nisar said, “Rangers is our own force and operating under rules and regulations.”

Read: No more extensions? Sindh to reconsider policing powers for Rangers

“The paramilitary force has become an object of political criticism which will not be allowed,” he added.

Further, lauding the Rangers, Nisar said, “It is a force trained to fight on the border and when they are deployed in the city is over and above their call of duty.”

On Tuesday, Sindh chief minister claimed that under the 18th constitutional amendment, the provincial government was bound to seek the legislative assembly’s approval before allowing Rangers to continue working under extended powers.

Read: DG Rangers reiterates commitment to make Karachi crime-free

The statement comes in the wake of recent raids by Rangers at offices of different provincial government departments that have upset the political stakeholders. Four months ago, the paramilitary force was given special powers to detain suspects for 90 days. The permission expires on July 8.

Meanwhile, regarding the extension of powers to the Federal Investigation Agency, Nisar said the investigation agency only had authority in areas which did not fell in the provincial police’s jurisdiction.

“FIA has powers in areas including transnational and inter-provincial matters,” he said. “This is because of special needs and not intervention in powers.”

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Speaking about the ongoing investigation of Imran Farooq’s murder case in Islamabad, Nisar clarified that the Scotland Yard team was still present in Islamabad and they had completed their interrogation with one of the accused.

Of the remaining two, British police will be given access to another accused in a day or two, said Nisar, adding that decision on the third will be taken after Eid.

Further, the interior minister informed the British authorities had so far not demanded extradition of suspects allegedly involved in MQM leader’s murder.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Emad
    Jul 8, 2015 - 7:25PM

    Statistically crime rate in Karachi has dropped significantly due to the new army leadership’s actions.Being a Karachite I support the armed forces however I believe that the presence of rangers to do policing has made the provincial government complacent to improve the local police and get some load off the armyRecommend

  • Hasan
    Jul 8, 2015 - 7:40PM

    Now matter how much power we give to rangers; however many funds we plunge into their operations Rangers will remain a temporary solutions that hasn’t delivered for the past two decades. We must evolve Local Policing and get rid of the killer in uniform.Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Jul 8, 2015 - 7:46PM

    its not over and above to their call of duty…
    but an extra milking of money tactics..looting public funds.
    rangers are in Karachi for more than 25 years……
    each year 1/3 of sindh budget is spend on them!!!Recommend

  • as
    Jul 8, 2015 - 8:16PM

    support powers only if locals of urban sindh are hired in majority or taken in ranks as officers based on merit. Without that you are certainly alienating urban sindhis as you dont touch the provincial govt while the people of urban sindh are left at their mercy. Funds rangers get can be used for better mechanizing and better coping the police infrastructure. Go across the board and if you dont which shows youre alienating urban sindhis for sure!Recommend

  • Muhajir
    Jul 8, 2015 - 8:19PM

    Well done Rangers. You are our pride!Recommend

  • arfan
    Jul 8, 2015 - 9:09PM

    @Karachiwala:
    Why is it when it comes to rooting out corruption and criminal activities,in what ever form,certain members of public,political parties,government employees;start complaining,citing of everything and everything.please remember if we can clear the nation from these diseases,irrespective of who does this honourable act,we should support them.Reall democracy will come when masses are educated,and not when altaf Hussain,or zardari sahib say soRecommend

  • Afzal
    Jul 8, 2015 - 9:36PM

    Corruption is an evil which seems to have embedded in our daily acts and needs to be tackled no matter at what cost. A politicised police will need reform before they can end the rot while in the meantime Rangers, FIA etc together with the police must continue the cleaning job as long as necessary.Recommend

  • msh
    Jul 9, 2015 - 1:04AM

    The biggest culprit must be brought back from Dubai and put behind bars.Recommend

  • Azhar88
    Jul 9, 2015 - 6:20AM

    Pakistan makes me sick!!!Recommend

  • tahir
    Jul 30, 2015 - 11:02PM

    Recently me and my university friends was robbed of our mobile phones. The incident occurred near Iqra university gulshan compass 1 which is located near gulshan chorangi , Karachi.

    Four men on two motorcycle came and pointed a gun at me and my friends and demanded our mobile phone.

    Ranger and police that they have done hundred of targeted operations and have arrested many thief’s and terrorists. In this area lots of mobile phones are also snatched. Lots of educational institutes in this area and they targeted this area because there is no ranger and police standing near university or other institutes.
    It will be appreciated if rangers and police take some action in this area and arrest criminals and thief’s who are involving in this activity. Please do something to stop these street crimes.
    TAHIR MAHMOOD
    KARACHIRecommend

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