KARACHI  - Sindh Rangers Director General Rizwan Akhtar has demanded more powers to ensure peace in the City.
Addressing the media at the inauguration ceremony of the new Command and Control Centre, he claimed the Rangers have been working to restore peace to the City for the last 18 years with limited powers .
He said the Rangers got the powers followed by the Supreme Court’s verdict on the suo moto case on Karachi Law and Order situation in August 2011. He termed that the extra powers were symbolic.
Rangers have powers to arrest the criminals in raids but remained not authorised to detain or interrogate the criminals. The criminals should be punished for the crime they committed.
He said it would be difficult to restore peace without modifying the system. He cited the demands made by the certain political parties for Army operation in Karachi and said nobody can improve the situation within the prevailing system.
Akhtar highlighted the main issues and causes behind the unrest in Karachi. He said mismanagement of immigrants, uncontrolled urban expansion, continued patronage of land mafia, illegal hydrant business and smuggling were the major problems.
Speaking about the land mafia and street crimes, he said: “These matters were very complex and Rangers do not have enough manpower to get them involved in such issues.”
“The City has three entry points including the Super Highway and the National Highway which need to be monitored strictly for controlling the influx of criminals and weapons from outside of the City. We have asked for special scanners at the entrances of the City but were unanswered but still we have taken the responsibility of Super Highway and the Hub area too to some extent,” he added.
The DG Rangers said the Hub River, which was once a river, had turned into a stream and could be easily crossed. “In past, there were 10 check-posts which are empty now. Due to financial crises, they cannot deploy their personnel at the check-posts but they continued patrolling the area.