KARACHI: Having completed one full week without the ‘special powers’ bestowed upon the Rangers in Karachi, the paramilitary force will have to go another weekend after provincial legislators failed to deliberate the issue on Friday.
MQM leader Khwaja Izharul Hasan says the paramilitary forces powers should extend across the province and not remain limited only till the city of Karachi.
Earlier Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah shared his concerns that the paramilitary force was granted powers to clamp down crimes like extortion and target killings but the Rangers have started to go after cases of corruption.
The Rangers started interfering in the matters of the FIA Sindh, the chief minister added, stating that corruption in Sindh is not a problem that can be eliminated in simply a few years.
The paramilitary force has enjoyed special policing powers allowing 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 limited to the city of Karachi expired last Friday.
The summary for extension of the special powers was sent to Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah who put the matter before the provincial assembly.
Previously the Rangers powers 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 to the city of Karachi. In August the powers were again extended for a period of four months, which will expired last week.