KARACHI: The Sindh information adviser has said that Rangers and police would continue operations against terrorists, extortionists and target killers and no criminal would be let off.
A day after the federal government notified the extension in Rangers special powers, Maula Bux Chandio said the Sindh government was empowered by the 18th amendment to take decisions for maintaining law and order. On August 3, the interior ministry notified the extension in Rangers policing powers in Karachi for 90 days, ending a long-running controversy among the Sindh government, federal government and the paramilitary force.
Chandio claimed the law and order situation in Karachi had improved significantly after the new Sindh chief minister took over. “There has been a sharp decline in targeted killings, extortion, robberies and burglaries in Karachi,” the adviser was quoted as saying in an official statement.
Meanwhile, Sindh law adviser Murtaza Wahab said the issue of Rangers powers had been resolved following the federal government’s notifications on the recommendation of Sindh government. “Some section of the media is [still] creating a controversy,” he said.
The paramilitary Rangers released on Thursday a summary of its operations across rural Sindh. A Rangers spokesperson said the force’s actions in rural Sindh started on September 5, 2013.
The Rangers arrested 533 criminals in rural Sindh, bringing about a massive decrease in crime rate. Murder cases in rural Sindh registered a 44% decrease while robberies came down by 53%. Kidnapping for ransom cases were said to have gone down by 77%.