Sindh assembly can give extension to rangers’ stay: Qaim


KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that under the 18th amendment the government of Sindh is bound to seek the concurrence of provincial assembly before allowing Rangers to work against terrorists.

Talking to media after distributing compensation cheques among the families of the victims of Safoora Goth tragedy Monday, he said that the Rangers were called in by government of Sindh long ago. “Their stay in the province has been extended from time to time,” he said, adding this time there was a bottleneck to give them extension. After the passage of 18th Amendment the Sindh government on its own cannot extend their tenure on its own. We have to take it to the assembly for approval.

To a question, the chief minister said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken all the political forces in confidence before launching operation against the terrorist elements. “It was decided in consensus that operation would be launched against four heinous crimes: terrorism, target killing, kidnapping for ransom and extortion,” he said.

He said that the constitutional experts and our legal team have told us that the Sindh Assembly was competent to award another extension to the Rangers to continue their operation. “But, this time it has to be taken to the assembly at least two months before putting it on the agenda of the house,” he said and added “the ways and means to give them {Rangers} another extension would be explored but we have to talk to them first,” he said.

Syed Qaim Ali replying to another question said that the services and sacrifices of Pakistan Rangers and Sindh police could not be forgotten. “They have done job but as I said there was a seriousness of army chief,” he said.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah said, “the Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif took personal interest to launch strong operation that’s why we have received encouraging results, otherwise Rangers was already in the city and all over province.”