Karachi - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday extended policing powers of Rangers for 120 days starting from August 9, 2015.

According to a spokesman, a notification in this regard was issued by the chief minister for extension in Rangers powers for another 120 days within the jurisdiction of Karachi division.

Special policing powers which were assigned to Rangers under the Anti-Terrorism Act in the province, were earlier extended for a month on July 8 that expired yesterday. The chief minister while announcing the development expressed hope that Rangers personnel would continue to work with the same spirit and passion in the city.

Meanwhile, a CM House official has said that as per Anti-Terrorism Act, provincial government will have to get the special policing powers ratified from the Sindh Assembly till September 8, 2015. “It is most likely that provincial government will bring this matter into the assembly in the current session,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that several of the Pakistan People’s Party leaders including Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah had urged the paramilitary force – Rangers - to work under its domain in the province and also linked the extension in Rangers powers with the assent of the Sindh Assembly.