KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has extended the special powers of Pakistan Rangers for deployment in Karachi for another 90 days.
The Sindh Chief Minister has approved a summary under which the deployment of Pakistan Rangers in Karachi Division under clause (i) of Sub-Section (3) of Section 4 of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 (XXVII of 1997) for a further period of 90 days commencing from 15.07.2017 to 12.10.2017.
The Rangers’ action against criminal elements in Pakistan’s commercial hub was initiated back in September 2013 when the federal cabinet empowered the paramilitary force to lead a targeted advance against criminals already identified by federal military and civilian agencies for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism in Karachi.
A report issued by the paramilitary force at the end of 2016 stated that the Rangers had conducted 1,992 operations across the city over the year through which more than 2,847 suspected criminals were taken into custody.
A break-up of the numbers shows that of the 446 target killers arrested by the Rangers, 348 belonged to various political groups, 87 had links to Lyari gangs, while 11 were affiliated with different sectarian groups.
The report said 26 criminals involved in kidnapping for ransom were also apprehended, and 13 of their abductees were safely brought back.
In the report, the Rangers also claimed that murders and targeted killings in the city hit an all-time low in the year, with 87 people falling victim compared to 199 in the preceding year.