Sindh grants extension in Rangers’ policing powers


Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah extends stay of Rangers in the province for a year. PHOTO: AFP

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah extends stay of Rangers in the province for a year. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday granted a year-long stay to Rangers in Sindh while extending their policing powers for 90 days.

The newly-elected chief minister signed the summary for the extension a day after he hinted at resolving the issue. A notice was sent to the federal government and Interior Ministry for their approval in this regard.

PPP signals greenlight on Rangers powers

PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Monday issued fresh instructions to Murad to resolve the matter of extending special policing powers for Rangers in the province as soon as possible.

The paramilitary force’s right to detain suspects without any charge in Sindh expired on July 19 and extension of those powers has long been a source of friction between the federal and provincial authorities.

Shah, who replaced Qaim Ali Shah as the chief minister of Sindh last week, had visited Garhi Khuda Bux to offer prayers at the grave of PPP leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. After returning to Karachi on Sunday, he picked up a few things and headed to the airport without any protocol.

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“He just took his personal laptop and a hand-carry and told all staff that he will be back in the early hours of Monday,” an official at CM House confirmed.

Sources said that Zardari had summoned Shah to Dubai to discuss crunch questions pertaining to Sindh government especially the matter of extending special policing powers for the paramilitary Rangers.

 


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