KARACHI - Sindh opposition parties including PML-Functional, PML-Nawaz, PML-Q and Dr Zulfiqar Mirza on Saturday decided forming an alliance against the PPP-led provincial government over the matter of Rangers’ special powers.

The decision was made in a meeting held at the residence of Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi to discuss a strategy in this regard.

PML-F chief Sadaruddin Rashidi, PML Ghous Ali Shah, Dr Arbab Ghulam Raheem, PPP enraged leader Dr Zulfiqar Mirza and Liaquat Jatoi participated in the meeting. They also discussed course of action in the provincial assembly and challenging a resolution regarding the Rangers’ powers in the court.

It was also decided that all the parties would mutually start the campaign against the conditionally extension of Rangers’ special powers and behaviour of the Sindh Assembly speaker. The grand alliance will also organise the sit-in protests against the non serious policies of Sindh government.

Zulfiqar Mirza has shown his conditional association with the alliance as he would no longer be a part of the alliance if MQM and former president Pervaiz Musharaf become the part of the alliance. It is pertinent to mention here that Sindh Assembly on Wednesday passed a conditional resolution that says that Rangers will have to contact the chief minister before making any arrest of a person who does not have direct link to terrorism and also acquire warrant before raiding any public office. Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism court on Saturday extended interim bail of Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Rauf Siddiqui till January 02.

The MQM leader is under probe in Dr Asim case related to corruption and terror financing. During the hearing, DSP Altaf Hussain told the court that no evidence transpired against the MQM leader. He also submitted his report to the court.

Following his arguments, the court extended bail of Mr Siddiqui. The MQM leader is facing charges that criminals were provided treatment at Dr Asim’s hospital on his directions. Besides, investigations against him are also underway in hate speeches case.

The hearing was adjourned till January 2.