Rangers get polic­ing power ex­tended for 90 days in Karachi

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KARACHI: Sindh gov­ern­ment has is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion, an­nounc­ing to ex­tend polic­ing pow­ers of Rangers in Karachi for an­other 90 days.

Ac­cord­ing to de­tails, the Sindh gov­ern­ment has granted an ex­ten­sion of three months to the para­mil­i­tary agency for ex­er­cis­ing spe­cial pow­ers in the me­trop­o­lis, the no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the pro­vin­cial home de­part­ment read.

The gov­ern­ment of Sindh has ex­tended the spe­cial polic­ing pow­ers of Rangers, un­der the Anti-Ter­ror­ism Act of 1997, with ef­fect from Oc­to­ber 8, 2018 un­til Jan­uary 5, 2019.

On the re­quest of the Min­istry of In­te­rior, the Sindh

gov­ern­ment ac­corded the ex­ten­sion in the polic­ing pow­ers of the agency in Karachi.

Last year, dif­fer­ences cropped up be­tween the Sindh gov­ern­ment and Fed­eral In­te­rior Min­istry on the mat­ter of ex­tend­ing polic­ing pow­ers to Rangers.

The then In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali slammed the de­lay in pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment's de­ci­sion on the mat­ter call­ing it a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt by the Sindh gov­ern­ment to politi­cise and use the mat­ter as bar­gain­ing chip with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and black­mail­ing the para­mil­i­tary agency.

Rangers have been ac­tively per­form­ing its du­ties and play­ing a cru­cial role in main­tain­ing law and or­der in the port city.

Ear­lier in Septem­ber, Po­lice and Rangers ap­pre­hended a num­ber of sus­pects and also con­fis­cated their weapons dur­ing raids in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the me­trop­o­lis.

Rangers spokesper­son told me­dia that weapons and am­mu­ni­tion were re­cov­ered from the sus­pects taken into cus­tody from Shar­i­fabad and Naz­imabad, whereas three more sus­pects were ap­pre­hended from other ar­eas of Karachi.

Street crim­i­nals, rob­bers and drug deal­ers were among the ar­rested sus­pects, as per the spokesper­son. - NNI

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