Sindh Assembly adopts resolution to curtail Rangers’ special powers

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday demanding conditions on Rangers’ special powers to raid and arrest suspects.

A resolution, tabled by Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwer Siyal, was passed by the provincial assembly.

According to the resolution, the paramilitary force can only take action against target killings, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, and sectarian killings.

The resolution says that any person not directly involved in terrorism, and is only suspected of aiding and abetting terrorists shall not be placed under preventive detention.

It also stresses that Rangers will neither be able to arrest anyone under the allegations of financing terrorists without prior written approval of Sindh government or the chief minister nor will it be able to raid any office of Sindh government or any other authority without approval of the Sindh chief secretary.

Rangers were given special policing powers following the start of the surgical action in Karachi in 2013.

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