SC says can’t pass order on Rangers demand for separate police stations

KARACHI: The Supreme Court said on Thursday said it was beyond its jurisdiction to pass any order regarding the demand of Rangers for separate police stations with prosecution powers and extension of policing powers.

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A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked this while conducting the proceedings of Karachi suo motu judgment.

The court also asked the federal and provincial governments to take up the matter in the apex committee on law and order situation in Karachi.

The bench observed that it was beyond its jurisdiction to make amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and Pakistan Penal Code as it was the domain of the legislature.

The counsel for Rangers on Thursday had once again requested the court to order the authorities concerned to allow the paramilitary force to set up their own police stations with powers to register FIRs, investigate cases and submit charge-sheets.

Rangers had claimed that the provincial government and police were under pressure in action against criminals, hence policing powers should be given to paramilitary force in Karachi.

The hearing was adjour­ned to the next session of the SC Karachi registry.


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