ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will likely to land in Karachi today to chair a high-level meeting on security and to resolve the issue of Rangers’ powers.

The federal and provincial governments are on warpath over the Rangers’ powers issue with federal government putting its foot down by extending the policing powers of Rangers rubbishing all the legal and constitutional contentions of the Sindh government.

The Sindh government had taken the unilateral extension in the Rangers powers as attack of centre on the provincial autonomy and weighing options on the issue including moving the apex court on it.

Sources in the ruling PML-N said that Premier Sharif would likely to have one-on-one meeting with Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to allay his concerns over the extension in policing powers of Rangers, but in the face of hostile line taken by the senior leadership of PPP the matter could not seem to be tackled in the meeting between the two.

The centre has issued a notification granting Sindh Rangers the powers to operate in Karachi for two months under the provision of the Anti-Terrorism Act despite a resolution passed by the provincial assembly seeking curtailment in its powers.

Besides dealing with these thorny and ticklish issues of complex law and order situation, Premier Nawaz Sharif would also be attending an awards distribution ceremony of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry.