Pakistan

Rangers special powers expire today

KARACHI: Sindh Rangers special policing powers in Karachi are due to expire today as a summary sent to the Chief Minister of Sindh in this regard waiting for approval, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

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The provincial government previously extended the power of the paramilitary force from May 4 to July 19 (today).

According to sources, a summary seeking 90-day extension in Rangers’ special powers has been forwarded to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Monday.

Under the National Action Plan and the Anti-Terrorism Act, the federal cabinet had empowered the Rangers to lead a targeted operation with the support of police against criminals involved in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism in Karachi.

The Rangers operation was launched in September 2013 in the metropolis.

Karachi has long been gripped by violence, with attacks carried out by militants as well as ethnic elements, criminal gangs and rival political parties.

A recent controversy between the provincial home department and Rangers authorities said to be a key hurdle in extension of special powers to the Rangers.

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