KARACHI: Ditching Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Co-chairman, Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Asif Ali Zardari has directed a rather reluctant Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to immediately authorize an extension to special policing powers vested in the paramilitary troops to fight terrorism, Samaa reported.
Sources inside the PPP told Samaa that former president of Pakistan, issued the aforementioned directives after talking to CM Qaim over the phone.
Latest reports have it that a notification with regard to extension of paramilitary troops powers have been issued by the Sindh government.
“Rangers additional powers have been extended for four months,” the notification said.
The PPP led Sindh government was sitting on the fence on the matter until this eleventh hour development.
“The CM had a field day today. He held a number of meetings with the PPP leadership including party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Bilawal House hours before he received instructions from the de facto party head,” sources told Samaa.
Earlier, talking to reporters, the CM Sindh had said Rangers was called in by the government of Sindh long ago.
“Their stay in the province have been extended from time to time, ” he said and added ” this time there was a bottleneck to give them extension.
He explained that after the passage of 18th Amendment, the government of Sindh, on its own, was not authorize to extend the tenure of Rangers .
“We have to take it to the assembly for approval,” said he.
Replying to a question, the CM said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken all the political forces into confidence before launching operation against the terrorist elements.
“It was decided in consensus that operation would be launched against four heinous crimes such as terrorism, target killing, kidnapping for ransom and extortion,” Qaim added.
According to constitutional experts and the government legal team, Sindh Assembly was competent to award another extension to the Rangers to continue their operation, the CM Sindh said.
“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.
Qaim Ali Shah admitted before the reporters 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.–SAMAA