Murad Ali Shah extends Rangers policing powers for 90 days

Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah has signed summary seeking extension in special policing powers of Rangers in the province, reported Monday.

Rangers powers have been extended for three months while their stay in Sindh for a year.

The Chief Minister has ordered Home Department to issue formal notification of the extension without any delay.

The development has come in a day after former president and co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party signaled greenlight to the extension of paramilitary force’s stay.

The Chief Minister was directed by the party leadership in a meeting in Dubai to formally give a nod to the Rangers who are constitutionally deployed in Sindh by the federation.

CM Murad Ali Shah returned to Karachi last evening.

A targeted operation was launched in Sindh in September 2013 to curb crime incidence and target killings.

In the following years, some ‘big fish’ were net by the force including former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain which is when Pakistan People’s Party strongly protested and raised voice against Rangers stay stating that the political party was not against action against crime but unlawful arrests and raids.

Last month, MQM’s mayor-designate Waseem Akhtar, Rauf Siddique and Pak Sarzameen Party’s Anees Qaimkhani were detained in the same case after Dr Hussain spurted their names before Joint Investigation Team.

Owais Muzaffar, adopted son of Asif Ali Zardari’s father, Hakim Ali Zardari was also named by Dr Hussain earlier during investigation.

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Separately, a commander of a group involved in gangwar in Karachi’s Lyari, Uzair Baloch was nabbed by Rangers in January as he entered Karachi following his flight to Dubai after targeted operation was launched.

Before that, Muttahida Qaumi Movement criticised Rangers operations in Karachi numerous times and alleged the troops of extrajudicial killings.

MQM leveled allegations against different political parties of siding with ‘minus formula’.

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