KARACHI: The leadership of Sindh’s ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Wednesday gave its nod to the provincial government for extension of special powers granted to the Rangers paramilitary force.
According to the notification the extension was granted for 120 days, and the notification in this regard has been issued.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said earlier today that the Sindh government has an excellent working relationship with the federal government, the Rangers, and the army, adding that there was no authenticity in news about tension between the Sindh and federal government.
He said that the Rangers’ efforts to end terrorism, extortion, kidnappings for ransom and target killing cannot be forgotten.
Today (Wednesday, July 08) is the last day of the original fixed period for special powers granted to the Rangers force, including the legal powers of Rangers to detain any suspect for 90 days.
On November 10 last year, the Sindh government had allowed Rangers through a notification under the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Act to detain any suspect for 90 days in their custody with the permission of the court, for further interrogations for 120 days, and these powers were extended in March this year for further 120 days, until July 8.
Meanwhile, the period of stay of Rangers in the province expires July 20.