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Sindh Assembly clips Rangers powers.

Byline: Naimat Khan

KARACHI -- The Sindh Assembly on Wednesday approved a government resolution on the Rangers powers, which opposition lawmakers and legal experts said was in direct conflict with the national action plan, being devised in the wake of Peshawar Army Public School massacre.

The government resolution presented by Sindh Home Minister, Sohail Anwar Siyal, in the Sindh Assembly session has placed severe curbs on the Rangers powers, through five conditions. Opposition members from the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), PML-F and the PML-Q, tore apart their copies of the resolution and staged a walkout from the house to record their protest against the PPP provincial government.

Presenting the resolution, amid strong agitation, Siyal said that the Government of Sindh has entrusted certain functions to Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) to act in aid of civil administration and police. Whereas article 147 of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan makes it mandatory for all such divisions of the Government of Sindh to be ratified by the provincial assembly within sixty (60) days he said, adding it was also mandatory to get the assembly ratification on the rangers powers as well.

According to the resolution the law and order situation in general has improved due to the joint efforts of Sindh police and Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) and the Sindh Government is appreciative of the efforts and the sacrifices made by the officers and Jawans of both the law enforcement agencies.

The decision of Sindh Government dated 16-07-2015 bearing No SO (LE1)/666/2015 regarding deployment of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh ) for a period of twelve (12) months in aid of police and civil administration for maintenance of law and order is hereby ratified subject to the following conditions.

According to clause number one of the resolution, the Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) will have powers in respect of the target killing, extortion/Bhatta, kidnapping for ransom and sectarian killings only. Any person, who is not directly involved in terrorism and is only suspected of aiding and abetting terrorist or by way of terror financing or facilitating terrorists, shall not be placed under preventive detention under any law without prior written approval of the Government of Sindh i.e Chief Minister the resolution reads while mentioning second condition and adding that It is clarified that in case a person is suspected of the above, cogent reasons with complete evidences justifying such preventive detention shall be provided to Government of Sindh, which will based on the available evidence, approve or reject such proposal of preventive detention.

The third curb on certainly Rangers power states that Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) shall not raid any office of Government of Sindh or any other Government authority without prior written approval of the Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh.

That Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) shall not assist any other institution/organization apart from Sindh Police in carrying out its action as stated in clause 1 above the resolution states without mentioning the joint raids by Rangers with NAB and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The resolution has also made the Government of Sindh bound to take into account all these conditions before granting any powers to Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) and Sindh Police.

As the resolution was adopted, speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Khan Durrani adjourned the session till tomorrow (Friday).

Talking to media persons after the assembly session the PTI lawmaker Khurram Sher Zaman said that resolution for dangerous for the Karachi operation. Syed Sardar Ahmed of MQM said that the Sindh Government did not allow opposition parties to debate the resolution. He said that the government was claiming to have given powers to Rangers while in fact the powers were taken back through this resolution.

Leader of the opposition, Khawaja Izharul Hasan, in his presser outside the assembly building said the PPP government had given all powers to Rangers but to arrest and detain its corrupt leaders and facilitators of terrorism.

The PML-F lawmakers were also very harsh and said that Sindh Government intended through that resolution to convert Rangers into Sindh Police. We take it as a confessional statement of Sindh government. Today you have used the prestigious Sindh Assembly to support thieves and terrorists said Nusrat Sahar Abbasi from the PML-F.

Later talking to media, President of The Karachi Tajir Ittehad (JJI) Atiq Mir said that the business community of Karachi will stage a protest outside the Sindh Assembly to protest the government resolution, which is aimed at spoiling the efforts which has brought normalcy to the city.
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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 17, 2015
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