Sindh, Centre on collision course over Rangers’ powers
The summary sent by the newly elected Chief Minister Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, was rejected by legal experts of the interior ministry on the pretext that the summaries extending Rangers stay in the province for a year and their policing powers for 90 days, is only limited to Karachi and not the whole of Sindh.
The legal experts at the ministry say that the summaries sent by the provincial government are against Article 147 of the Constitution of Pakistan.
After the development, CM Sindh’s Adviser on Law, Murtaza Wahab said that the summary is in accordance with the constitution and special policing powers of the paramilitary force are limited to Karachi only.
Talking to ARY News, PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan said that Rangers or any law enforcement agency which operates in a province, shall work under the powers extended to it by the provincial government.
“Center cannot interfere in provincial government’s matters after the 18th amendment,” said Aitzaz.
Adviser to Sindh CM on Information, Maula Bux Chandio claimed that a “single minister” wants to make the issue of Rangers’ powers controversial.
“Law and order situation is not the same in Karachi and the rest of Sindh,” Chandio told ARY News.
PPP senator Saeed Ghani, in a statement said Sindh Government has granted powers to Rangers according to the decisions of All Parties Conference and Sindh Assembly and the CM is answerable to the people of Sindh and elected Sindh Assembly, not to the interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
“Sindh Government and not Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has to decide where Rangers should be deployed,” said Ghani.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which enjoys majority in Karachi, termed the extension of Rangers’ powers in Karachi. ‘enmity with Karachi’.
In a statement released by the party, MQM convener, Nadeem Nusrat questioned that if the government of Sindh is serious in its bid to end violence and bring peace and do it with the help of Rangers, similar activities are being carried out in rest of Sindh too, “Why Rangers have been given (such) powers in Karachi only?” asked Nusrat.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah had approved Rangers stay in Karachi for one more year, allowing them to continue using their special policing powers for 90 more days on Monday, his spokesperson had said in a statement.