KARACHI: The opposition parties on Tuesday rejected conditioned resolution on extension of Rangers’ powers passed by the Sindh Assembly.
The opposition parties say that the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is doing everything it can to ‘save corrupt individuals’.
According to details, the opposition parties have been protesting against the conditioned resolution passed by the Sindh Assembly. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) appeared to be on same page.
The opposition members of the assembly said the reduction in Rangers’ powers is not acceptable. MQM also termed the conditions as against the law. The opposition members of the Assembly have resolved to continue protest against the conditions.
The resolution to conditionally extending Rangers’ special powers has been approved in the Sindh Assembly amid opposition’s protest.
As per the resolution passed, Rangers will have to contact Chief Minister Sindh before making arrest of anyone who does not have direct link to terrorism and will need warrant before raiding a public office.
According to details, the session of the House began under presiding of the Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani. The resolution was tabled by Sindh Home Minister Anwar Sial. It was loaded with conditions for making arrests and raids.
The resolution said Rangers can only act against target killers, extortionists, murderers and known criminals. However, they will have to seek permission from the Chief Minister before arresting anyone with no direct link to terrorism and permission would be needed before raiding government offices.
Right after the resolution was tabled, various opposition parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) started protesting.
The protesting members stood up on their seats and tore down the copies of the resolution. Addressing the protesting lawmakers, Durrani said it is regrettable the opposition is protesting on passing of same resolution they were too keen to table.
The protest continued and the lawmakers walked out while chanting loud slogans.