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Govt extends Rangers’ deployment in Islamabad for 90 days

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Monday extended the deployment of the paramilitary troops in the capital for 90 more days.

The Rangers was deployed in Islamabad on the request of the local administration under Section 4 of the 1997 Anti-Terrorism Act to protect sensitive installations in the city. There are around 2,000 troopers deployed in the federal capital.

Of late, the Rangers had stirred up a controversy by barring Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, ministers, including Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, and lawyers and media person from entering an accountability court which was hearing corruption cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Taking a strong exception to the Rangers personnel blocking his entry, Iqbal had ordered an inquiry into what was described as “unauthorized deployment of the troopers.”

On Oct 3, Interior Minister was denied entry to an accountability court to witness court proceedings against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in three graft references filed against him by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The entrance denial irked the interior minister by voicing concern over the orders of denying entry to him as he said: “The Rangers is a force which is subordinate to the interior ministry.”



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