Pakistan

LHC summons govt reply over special powers to Rangers in Punjab

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday heard a petition seeking special powers to Rangers in Punjab, ARY News reported.

 A petition stipulating that a nationwide operation against terrorists has been underway under National Action Plan (NAP) but contrary to the power of Rangers in other provinces, the provincial government of Punjab has restricted the Rangers’ authority.

The petitioner urged special powers to be granted to Rangers in Punjab to achieve major breakthrough in the fight against terrorists. The petition seeks the court orders for same powers to the paramilitary force having in Sindh and other provinces of the country.

The bench summoned a reply from the federal government over the matter by April 19.

It is pertinent to mention here that the federal government, on request of Punjab government last month, accepted deployment of Rangers in the province by extending powers to the paramilitary force under section four and five of the Anti-Terrorist Act for 60 days.

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