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2016-08-04 06:37:35

Rangers Powers: Is Ch.Nisar over-stepping his constitutional limits?

 

The Interior Ministry on Tuesday rejected a summary approved by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, which granted extension to Sindh Rangers’ stay in Karachi with curtailed powers. According to media reports, legal experts of the ministry reviewed the summary and rejected it, as “it does not meet the legal standards”. They said that the approved summary had “legal and constitutional issues”, as it was not as per Article 147 of the constitution. The officials further said that restricting special powers to Karachi was unconstitutional. Murad Ali Shah, in a bid to end the persisting tense relations and row between the Sindh government and the Rangers, signed the summaries, extending the Sindh Rangers’ stay in the province by a year and giving special policing powers to the paramilitary force in Karachi for a period of 90 days. The Centre, meanwhile, had expressed its resentment over the Sindh government for not extending the Rangers’ policing powers to the entire province. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressed the federal government’s resentment over not extending the Rangers’ policing powers the way it should have been done, saying that the Centre would “consider other options” in case the Sindh government fails to right the wrongs. Commenting on the killing of several police and military personnel in Karachi and Larkana, the minister said that lineage culprits had not yet been traced. “The paramilitary force has to have a legal cover,” Nisar said. The fact is that there is an elected government in Sindh, and it is unacceptable for the centre or the establishment to dictate terms. If there are differences between the provincial administration and the federal government, they should be handled tactfully, keeping in mind the province’s reservations, as law and order is primarily a provincial subject. Moreover, the Rangers have been present in Karachi for nearly three decades; while the force’s presence has resulted in periods of calm, overall the situation remains grim. While the militarisation of policing duties may create temporary peace, in the long term this is not a viable option. For example, while today most of Balochistan is controlled by paramilitaries, peace and normality evade the province. While the Rangers should continue their activities in aid of civil power, the goal for the Sindh government should be a complete revamp of the provincial police force. Reforming the police so that it serves and protects the people of Sindh rather than any political masters should be amongst Murad Ali Shah’s top priorities.

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