KARACHI: With only hours left before the ‘special powers’ bestowed upon the Rangers paramilitary force expire, the Sindh government is yet to approve a summary for extension.
The paramilitary force enjoys special powers that allow them to conduct raids, detain and interrogate suspects for up to 120 days. According to the previous extension granted in August of this year the powers will expire at midnight tonight (Saturday).
According to sources the summary for extension of the special powers was sent to Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah but it has not been approved.
Once the summary is approved by the chief minister it will then be forwarded to the federal government which grant its approval under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
It is important to mention that Rangers powers have in the past been extended at the very last moment. Since last year however the extension duration has been shortened. In November 2014 the Rangers were granted powers till July 2015, but in July the powers were only extended for 30-days restricting the jurisdiction only to the city of Karachi. In August the powers were again extended for a period of four months, which will expire tonight.