KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly is expected to take up the issue of extension of Rangers’ special powers in Karachi on Monday (today), with opposition parties warning the provincial government of protest if it delays the matter.
While Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, who has recently become quite outspoken, on Saturday lashed out at critics for raising the issue of Rangers powers, his political opponents Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) accused his government of undermining Karachi operation and jeopardizing peace in the metropolis.
Speaking to media in Sukkur, Mr Shah accused some federal institutions of invading Sindh, ruling out any link between Dr Asim’s case and Rangers’ powers. “Contacts between Sindh government and Rangers are still intact, and issue of powers will be resolved soon,” he said.
Commenting on the issue, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan said seeking approval of the assembly was mandatory under article 147 of the Constitution. “Nobody can deviate from constitution,” he said while talking to media after attending a ceremony.
Senior PTI leader Imran Ismail said that his party lawmakers would protest in the assembly if the powers of Rangers were not extended.
Senior PML-F leader Sadruddin Rashidi said Sindh government’s apathy on the issue could lead to an “unconstitutional move” for which PPP would be entirely responsible.