ISLAMABAD - The federal government has extended powers of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) in Karachi Division for another period of 77 days with effect from May 4, 2016.

However, the Ministry of Interior unlike the past has extended the powers of Rangers on the request of Sindh government.

Earlier in December 2015, the federal and the Sindh governments had locked horns over the powers of Rangers in Karachi and finally the former rejected the summary of the latter regarding extension of the paramilitary force with a number of conditions. Then federal government had extended its powers without any conditions at its own saying it did not need any request from the Sindh government including a resolution of Sindh Assembly in this regard as the Rangers were exercising its powers under a federal law.

A notification issued by the Ministry here on Monday says that pursuant to request made by Home Department, government of Sindh on May 3, 2016 and in continuation of Ministry’s notification No. 9/1/95-R (Sindh) on February 3, 2016, the powers conferred upon Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) in Karachi Division are extended for another period of 77 days from May 4, 2016.

The powers are conferred upon Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) in Karachi Division under clause (1) of sub section 3 of section 4 of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, said a spokesman of the Ministry of Interior.