On the issue of extension of policing power, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has demanded Sindh Rangers to take his consent prior any operation and that their powers will be curtailed to Karachi only and not the whole of Sindh.
Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar called on Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Friday apparently to iron out differences over the extension of Rangers’ powers which expired on July 19. The provincial government has yet to announce an extension.
The meeting at CM House lasted for over 90 minutes to be attended in the latter half by Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah, Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal and Chief Minister’s Adviser on Law Murtaza Wahab.
Qaim said the issue of the extension of the Rangers’ powers in Sindh would be resolved shortly as he was already consulting the issue with his party leadership in Dubai.
The Sindh High Court (SHC), on the other hand, has issued notices to the federal and provincial authorities to file their comments on the controversy over not extending the policing powers of Rangers.
According to sources in the CM House, the government might issue a notification to deploy Rangers and give special powers to the force that would later be ratified by the assembly. The policing powers, however, will be given to Rangers only in Karachi.
The Federal and Sindh government doesn’t seem keen on giving an extension in days to Rangers policing powers as many a political party activists belonging to the regime are being apprehended at the hands of Ranger. The demand forth Rangers was simple; restrict powers to Karachi only.
The issue has been exacerbated with the recent controversy over the arrest of Asad Kharal — a purported friend of the home minister — who has been accused of misappropriation of government funds and having links with criminals.
Qaim said the Larkana incident took place due to a misunderstanding because the Rangers who tried to detain Asad were in plainclothes and people reacted believing it was a kidnapping case. “No one informed the district deputy commissioner or the area police about action against Asad Kharal otherwise the police may have helped them nab the suspect,” the CM was quoted as saying.
The sources said that the corps commander accepted the CM’s version and said both sides should shun their petty differences to find a way out to resolve the issue for the sake of the ongoing operations.