Pakistan

Sindh extends Rangers stay by one year

KARACHI: The government of Sindh on Friday extended the Rangers stay by one year to help police and civil administration in Karachi, a spokesman of Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said.

The paramilitary force’s stay to assist the civil administration will expire on July 19 and Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah has further extended the stay for a year starting July 20, spokesman said.

Pakistan Rangers Sindh was deployed in Karachi under Article 147 of the Constitution and under clause 1 of subsection 3 of section 4 of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, authorising Rangers to prevent the commission of terrorist acts and scheduled offences in notified areas.

In June, the provincial government had extended the Rangers’ stay in Karachi by one month.

PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari in a call from Dubai on Thursday told the chief minister that better civil-military relations were in the best interest of the nation.

After the phone call from Dubai, the chief minister held a meeting with senior officials of the provincial government. Besides the home minister, the meeting was attended by the chief secretary, the home secretary and the principal secretary to the chief minister.

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