Ranger’s decision: Clash between Sindh govt and Federal govt

Sindh govt terms federation’s nod to Rangers an ‘attack on provincial sovereignty’

KARACHI (Dunya News) – Sindh cabinet on Thursday has written a letter to the federal government regarding the unconditional restoration of Pakistan Rangers  exclusive powers in Karachi.

The provincial government has termed the act an attack on Sindh s sovereignty. The government has criticised federation s move to restore Rangers  policing powers one-sidedly.

The decision was to write a letter was taken in a high level meeting of the provincial cabinet chaired by Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Qaim Ali Shah on December 23.

Sources said that several key decisions were made in the meeting including writing another letter to the Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and the Federal Interior Ministry regarding the powers of Rangers in Sindh.

It was advised by the members that the provincial government should not go to court yet. The media advisor Sindh Moula Bakhsh Chandio said that Sindh doesn’t want to restrain Rangers from working but every institute should work within its jurisdiction. He also said that the provincial government do not want any conflict with the federation.

Chandio urged the Prime Minister to resolve the issue.

During the meeting, Home Minister and Law Advisor briefed Sindh Cabinet about the decision of federal government in the matter. The office holders of Sindh Assembly condemned the federation for rejecting the resolution presented by Sindh Assembly. It was also decided in the meeting that the PM and Federal Interior Minister will be taken in confidence on the resolution as well.

On Tuesday, the interior ministry had rejected Sindh s proposal in the matter after which Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah called an emergency meeting.

Meanwhile, Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani s statement amused some sections while other took offence. He said that Nawaz Sharif’s government exists due to Asif Ali Zardari.

Sindh to hold dialogue on Rangers issue

KARACHI: The Sindh cabinet described on Wednesday rejection by the federal government of the provincial assembly’s resolution curtailing powers of Rangers as interference in its affairs, but decided to hold dialogue to settle the issue.

A meeting of the cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, according to sources, authorised the chief minister to get in touch with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and present the Sindh government’s point of view.

The sources said the chief minister would urge the prime minister to discuss the matter with the provincial government before taking decisions about law and order and if the federal government did not address reservations of the Sindh government the latter would move courts as a last resort in the interest of provincial autonomy.

The cabinet called actions taken by the FIA and NAB against provincial institutions without prior permission of the Sindh government as interference and took notice of statements of federal ministers, specifically allegations levelled by the interior minister against the Sindh government.

Province accuses federal govt of interfering in its affairs

It recalled that the chief minister was the ‘captain’ of the Karachi operation being carried out in consultation with the provincial government and the federation was constitutionally bound to consider the opinion of the provincial government in matters of law and order.

It said that the Sindh government had not curtailed powers of Rangers.

The cabinet was of the view that before taking an important action the chief minister should be informed and his consent should be taken.

According to an official statement, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said his government was striving to improve the law and order situation in the province for the sake of security and safety of the people.

The cabinet discussed the law and order situation, development schemes and arrangements for the death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on Dec 27.

Inspector General of Police Ghulam Hyder Jamali and Home Secretary Mohammad Waseem briefed the cabinet on the law and order situation and the security plan for Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH).

“We have worked out a contingency plan for 12 Rabiul Awwal. Over 60,0000 police force and more than 3,000 police mobiles would provide security to the 12 Rabiul Awwal rallies,” the IGP said.

He said he had held a number of meetings with Ulema and other people concerned. “We have also made arrangements to deploy policemen in plain clothes,” he said.

Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Aijaz Ali Khan said the government had released Rs10 billion for 185 ongoing development schemes. Besides, Rs4.6bn has been released for 392 schemes to be completed by June 2016.

The chief minister told the cabinet that PPP workers would attend the death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Bux. “The arrangements for food and accommodation for the workers of PPP have been made at the mazaar,” he said, adding that he had personally held a number of meetings of the Mazaar Committee to review the arrangements.

Provincial ministers Nisar Khuhro, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Nasir Shah, Jam Khan Shoro, Gianchand, Mukesh Kumar Chawala, Jam Khan Shoro and Mola Bux Chandio attended the meeting.

Sindh govt rejected Federal orders regarding Rangers powers

KARACHI: Sindh government rejected Federal orders regarding Rangers powers and declared it interference against the provincial autonomy.

According to details Sindh government has sent second letter to Interior Ministry in which they wrote that Federal government orders against Province in the case of Rangers powers is an attack on the later. Channel24 has gotten this letter of Sindh government.

Recently Federal government refused to accept Sindh government summary of reducing Rangers powers and said the authority of Rangers cannot be conditional.

According to details the hostility between federal and Sindh government has increased. “Sindh government will be formally informed in the next hour,” government sources told the media.

The issue has been a point of clash between federal and provincial authorities for the last few days. Sindh government has shown hesitation in extending the authorities of Rangers especially in context of Dr. Asim case who is a PPP leader and a close companion of Asif Ali Zardari. The federal government wants to continue the military operation in Karachi without any conditions.



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