KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah yesterday approved extension in Rangers powers in the province for another 90 days without limiting their powers to certain boundaries.

The special powers for the Rangers were going to expire on February 3 after being extended by the federal government for 60 days from December 5, 2015.

According to the sources privy to the matter, the Sindh chief minister gave approval to the home department summary for extension in Rangers powers without limiting their powers to certain boundaries.

It is pertinent to mention here earlier, the provincial assembly approved a resolution limiting Rangers’ powers to only action against target killing, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and sectarian killings. Later, a summary was sent to the Interior Ministry and the word terrorism was also added to the domain of their powers.

It specifically mentioned that a person who was only suspected of aiding and abetting terrorists or financing shall not be placed under preventive detention under any law without prior written approval of the chief minister.

It also specifically mentioned that Rangers shall not carry out a raid on any office of the Sindh government or any other government authority without prior written approval of the chief secretary.

Besides, Rangers shall not assist any other institution or organisation in carrying out such action.

However, the federal government rejected the limitation of the Rangers’ powers and gave all the powers to the paramilitary force.

According to sources, the decision was taken by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and the summary had been sent via fax to the Interior Ministry.

“No restrictions have been placed on the Rangers’ powers as it had been done in the past, but there are still some twisting of words,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, the sources further said that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also telephoned the Sindh chief minister and assured him of resolving the issues of the provincial government.

The chief minister also asked Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to visit the Sindh province in order to apprise him of the reservations of the provincial government over interference of the federal authorities in the affairs of the province.

In another development, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information Maula Bux Chandio, in a statement issued yesterday, said that the Rangers had not asked for extension in special policing powers for other parts of the province.

The adviser said that the Rangers were present and aiding police in other parts of the province under Article 147 of the Constitution and they had jointly taken action to overcome several heinous crimes in the province.