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Governor puts his weight behind Rangers operation in Karachi

Updated Jul 09, 2015 07:28am


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Chief minister Qaim Ali Shah also said “there is very good working relationship among the Sindh government, federal government, Army and the Rangers.” ─ APP/File
Chief minister Qaim Ali Shah also said “there is very good working relationship among the Sindh government, federal government, Army and the Rangers.” ─ APP/File

KARACHI: A day after the issue of Pakistan Rangers stay in Sindh was raised by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain, Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad in a meeting with the paramilitary force chief threw his weight behind the Rangers, while the chief minister, too, contradicted the reports of differences between the Centre and Sindh on the issue.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad in a meeting with Rangers director general Major General Bilal Akbar on Wednesday said: “The entire nation is united and stands by the law enforcement agencies for peace”.

The statement issued by Governor House did not carry details of the meeting, but it suggested that the two discussed mainly the performance of the paramilitary force in Karachi in particular and across the province in general.

“The Ranger DG informed the governor about the efforts of the Rangers for bringing back a lasting peace and improving law and order in the province,” said the Governor House statement. The governor called for “indiscriminate action of Rangers against terrorists and criminals that would help develop the confidence of people in the paramilitary force”.

He also called for a coordinated strategy to make actions against criminals and terrorists transparent and address people’s complaints while showing confidence that the entire nation was united to back law enforcement agencies for a lasting peace in the province and the country.

Terming the reports of tension and differences between the Sindh government and the federation ‘baseless’ and ‘contrary to the facts’, the chief minister said in fact “there is very good working relationship among the Sindh government, federal government, Army and the Rangers.”

The chief minister said the services of the Rangers for law and order in Sindh in general and Karachi in particular specifically against terrorism, targeted killing, extortion and kidnapping for ransom could not be forgotten.

Meanwhile, the details acquired by Dawn of the Rangers operation since its launch in September 2013 in Karachi suggested that the paramilitary force seemed more than ever aggressive in chasing suspects and engaging them in ‘encounters’. The Rangers killed 364 ‘criminals’ and arrested more than 200 others in the ‘encounters’.

According to the recently compiled figures, since September 5, 2013 when the federal government decided to launch the Rangers-led ‘targeted-operation’ in Karachi with the provincial government consent, the paramilitary force has conducted some 5,795 operations and apprehended 10,353 suspects that ranged from street criminals to terrorists.

“During these operations, the Rangers recovered some 7,312 weapons of different caliber,” said a source citing details of the figures. “Among the arrested persons, 826 are terrorists, 334 hit men, 296 extortionists and 82 are kidnappers. Of the arrested suspects, 4,950 have already been handed over to the police for further investigation and legal process,” the source added.

Published in Dawn, July 9th, 2015

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RazaG Jul 09, 2015 07:43am

Excellent work governor... you have left the MQM and look ready to defeat criminals of all types,regardless of their affiliation... and God bless the Rangers

JUSTICE Jul 09, 2015 08:12am

Sind Chief Minister did not had any other option but to grant extention to Rangers. This time Ary Chief is serious to root out all corrupted politicians from Sind and Punjab government one for all. We need start Pakistan new democracy with clean slate.

rashid ali ujjan Jul 09, 2015 08:44am

ranger has played a pivotal role in bringing peace in the province, in fact entire nation is united because they intend to get rid of criminals.

Aftab Alam Khan Jul 09, 2015 08:52am

After the remarks given by Sindh Governor and Chief Minister in favour of the Rangers and Center the Party in question is in great trouble.

Hashim Jul 09, 2015 08:59am

Karachi people want rangers here. No compromise on that. Army chief is doing an excellent job. God bless you General Sharif and God bless who are sacrifixing their lives to protect us karachi citizens from these thugs, extortionists and terrorists parties working in disguise of charity organizations. We love you Rangers. keep it up!!

Iqbal Jul 09, 2015 09:00am

Glad to hear good news....please support the Rangers for the great job they are doing! Pakistan needs to get rid of all criminals.

M. Johri ---canada Jul 09, 2015 09:19am

It will be criminal to stop RANGERS now from taking action against big parties "MAFIAS". Let those criminals be caught and punished , by confiscating their bank balances & properties where ever they have in the world.

VLP Jul 09, 2015 09:20am

Bold decision by Dr Ibad...

AH Jul 09, 2015 09:21am

Thanks for Sindh govt and the governor for supporting Rangers for eradicating terrorist.

Azmeen Jul 09, 2015 09:21am

PPP & MQM have no choice but to support Rangers and depoliticize police in case they have little bit of interest in bringing back peace to Karachi and Sindh province. All political parties must isolate themselves from all sorts of criminals.

M Jamal Jul 09, 2015 09:35am

We mostly fail to understand the issue.Instead of tackling the issue from the head we prefer to do it from the foot.Pakistan issue is corruption and good goverance and we are trying to get rid of petty criminals without laying hands on the mastermind and real beneficiaries.Only grass root democracy in shape of elected Local Governments and elected mayor with ownership and power can effectively take us out of this mess, otherwise,we will be getting deeper into the problem.

Faisal Syed Jul 09, 2015 09:52am

It is mandatory that Federal and Provincial Goverments set a target to re-structure Sindh/ Punjab Police Pakistan with the coordination of Pakistan Rangers/SSGs and give an opportunity to talented, ambitious, honest and professionals on merit to eliminate the 'MAFIAS'.

Rafi Jul 09, 2015 10:13am

Of the arrested suspects, 4,950 have already been handed over to the police "for getting back to job as usual."

Taqi Jul 09, 2015 10:32am

Rangers' hard work is greatly appreciated. It is now time to take corrupt politicians to task and make them accountable for their actions. Citizens of Karachi are deeply indebted to Ranger for bringing a sense of normality to Karachi.

Rizwan Jul 09, 2015 10:37am

While the Sindh Government has been reluctant to extend the stay of Ranger's there is no visible effort to reform and depoliticize Sindh/Kaharch police. Does the Sindh Government and political parties return to the same position as soon as Ranger's return? Will we ever see our government work for us (people)? securing our lives and livelihoods?

Wajid Khan Jul 09, 2015 10:50am

Salute to the Army chief, Raheel Shareef. Pakistanis should be proud of this great son of soil.

Long live Pakistan. Long live Pakistan Army and Rangers.

J malik Jul 09, 2015 10:52am

Now that we have an organization that has the resolve and means to apprehend these conventional and economic terrorists masses need to rally behind the Rangers. This may be the last chance for karachites to save their city from becoming another Mogadishu embrace it support it . Don't let these tried and tested criminals disguised as politicians derail this effort. Reclaim Karachi for yourself and your future generations

Yaqoob Jul 09, 2015 10:53am

I think PPP and MQM have tried hard to malign the image of the LEAs and it bothers me. I am surprised that the federal govt is not coming with a befitting response to clear the impression that is caused by ppp and MQM.

AQ Jul 09, 2015 10:54am

Rangers please Go for Big Fishes...

Irfan Jul 09, 2015 11:08am

I think more than 80% people of Karachi are more than happy with the Rangers operation. I also think Raheel sharif's credibility is far more than any popular politician in our counrty. He seems to be the maseeha in this corrupt, sinful and iniquitous political activities.

Hindutavi Rakshas Jul 09, 2015 11:19am

@JUSTICE army"

Hindutavi Rakshas Jul 09, 2015 11:25am

Well done Rangers, foe your works,efforts and sacrifices will be remembered for generations to come for bringing stability and peace in city of Quid.

Dr Haroon Rashid Jul 09, 2015 11:28am


The federal govt is supporting the MQM and PPP quietly. The names are out, why do you think any action is not taken against the criminal politicians because the center does not want them arrested !

I think its time ARMY takes over and slaughters them all for once.

Usman Jul 09, 2015 11:28am

Great Work Rangers and PAKISTAN Army ... Salute

Parvez Jul 09, 2015 11:30am

Doing the right thing for Karachi....and surprisingly enough for the MQM as well .

Hassan Jul 09, 2015 11:48am

Governor Ibad is a gentleman. his weight in this connection counts much. He should stay on the post until the city is cleansed by the rangers. Great job rangers, great job governor Ibad and great job Gen Raheel. You all deserve salute and respect from the whole nation for this great job. Thanks.

asad Abbas Jul 09, 2015 11:53am

There should be a referendum to keep the rangers in karachi and I am pretty sure that after the referendum,rangers would be staying in karachi.we,people of Karachi desperately need the protection of rangers from these so called democratic leaders!!

M Akram Jul 09, 2015 12:23pm

Stats speaks volumes. Rangers operation has been great success so let the Rangers get on with their job and finish it for once and all. People of Karachi wish to be free citizens once again.

Akhtar Jul 09, 2015 12:48pm

Terrorists and criminals need to be eliminated with full force. Karachi has been held hostage while these monsters roam around freely. The rangers are doing an excellent job. God bless them.

noshin Jul 09, 2015 12:56pm

Thank you for standing up for good cause Governer Sindh!

syed wasim haider Jul 09, 2015 01:05pm

Now Sindh government has a month to improve their governess and weed out the corrupt elements from the administration if they have a political will.

noshin Jul 09, 2015 01:08pm

Long live Pakistan Rangers! Hats off to you!

KeyPoints Jul 09, 2015 01:36pm

Its important that important people speak out on important issues, regardless of any political affiliations. Impetus going forward is to do the right thing to improve lives of all pakistanis in the country, regardless of whether or not it suits raja of punjab and raja of sindh. Time to put real democracy in practice and do away with family dynasties. Pakistan was made for benefit of all pakistanis, not for few selected families.

ahsan gulzar Jul 09, 2015 01:41pm

pakistan rangers did stupendous work in karachi to bring peace back ,people of karachi are satisfied by rangers'proceeding,now extension has been given to rangers in regard to their authorities by the mutual consent of provincial govt and federal govt as well that is the good sign to eradicate terrorism

Expat Jul 09, 2015 01:57pm

Ranger must finish all criminals from Karachi. Period !

farhan Jul 09, 2015 02:05pm

Just like good and bad Taliban term surfaced some time ago, we have similar terms for police, rangers and politicians. We need to see the big picture here. If overall good Rangers have done their call of duty and brought peace (which they definitely did), then they should be extended as many times needed. At the same time, no one should be above law be it rangers personnel making bad reputation for the dept. It is so much required right now that Rangers stay that as soon as a talk of them leaving comes to mind, the whole peace process looks to fall apart and same lawlessness will again come to town. These criminals need iron hands to deal with and only at this time Rangers or Army have such hands.

Karachiite Jul 09, 2015 02:17pm

Karachi's peace and law & order have definitely gotten better and all the credit goes to the Rangers... God bless them ... more power to Rangers and Army.

IBN E ASHFAQUE Jul 09, 2015 02:52pm

In principle the Rangers are doing a good job but they are not trained for this job. Rangers are a band-aid not a solution. We need to depoliticise Karachi police and setup local government in Karachi answerable to the people and improve the working of the city courts. If Rangers are doing the work of Police who will guard our borders and without due governance via institutions of Police, Local courts and local elected representatives even the Rangers eventually will be engulfed by the tsunami of corruption in Karachi.

Haque Parast Jul 09, 2015 02:54pm

Majority of Pakistani in general and of Karachi in particular do not want rangers in Karachi as evident in poll conducted by Dawn yesterday. Rangers are enforced on people of Karachi against their will. Why only in Karachi? How come rangers are never deployed in Punjab?

Khan Jul 09, 2015 02:56pm

Excellent wise decision from Governor Sindh !!! with the current operation in sindh peoples of sindh feels at peace Keep it up Dr. Ibad

Dilawar Khan Jul 09, 2015 02:57pm

he's rightly asked Rangers for carrying out an indiscriminate operation..

Dilawar Khan Jul 09, 2015 02:58pm

no indiscriminate results as yet..

Shan Kazmi Jul 09, 2015 03:01pm

Rangers are successfully combating crimes, but at times they start targeting/bothering innocent Karachiites, as reported by individuals. Moreover, rangers seem to be trying to make changes/modification in the political affiliations of people of Karachi, which is not their WRITTEN mandate. Maligning specific political parties through media and propaganda drives may result the other way round. Keeping innocent boys in custody for so long in the name of investigation, and treating them with utmost cruelty and hatred will definitely result in more hatred all around. It is time to correct and mend ways in the interests of Pakistan. Karachiites are patriots like any other segment of county's population.

Iqbal Khan Jul 09, 2015 04:46pm

We support peace, not criminals. Thank you Mr governor to speak out of your conscious. It is time to encourage our brave Rangers to conduct operations more intensively against anyone who is involved in crimes and terrorism.

un-national Jul 09, 2015 05:46pm

Terming the reports of tension and differences between the Sindh government and the federation ‘baseless’ and ‘contrary to the facts’, the chief minister said in fact “there is very good working relationship among the Sindh government, federal government, Army and the Rangers.”CHIEF MINISTER ,FREUDIAN SLIP..

Imran Jul 09, 2015 05:56pm

"Of the arrested suspects, 4,950 have already been handed over to the police for further investigation and legal process" Do we have prison space and food for so many jail birds, or in the circumstances and best national interest they would be sent to their homes.

m ashraf Jul 09, 2015 05:56pm

Well done Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul -Abad. You have always proved that you are a man of character and wise politician. All nation like you as a good man other than MQM.Carry on your good work.

Khan-USA Jul 09, 2015 07:54pm

Governor is just trying to save his seat. He is good for nothing . Betrayed his own people and siding with the oppressors.

syed Jul 09, 2015 08:48pm

What peace ranger have bought to Karachi ? it got worst in last 10 years

Sirajuddin Lakhnavi Jul 09, 2015 09:14pm

People in Karachi want peace and prosperity and you ask anyone they will say that since Rangers have taken steps, there is looting or kill on the surface. Deep rooted corruption and Bhuta Khorri need more deep operation and we need Rangers for that goal to be achieved. A long lasting stability for Karachi to be the regional hub once more

K.Ahmed Jul 09, 2015 09:40pm

I am worried about the last part of this report"Of the arrested suspects, 4,950 have already been handed over to the police for further investigation and legal process,” . Police and the legal process? These are the two missing pieces in the puzzle. They do not exist unfortunately. If they would have, there would have been no such thing as Terrorism in Karachi.

nac Paris Jul 09, 2015 09:56pm

Well done Governor. Nobody is in better position than yourself to know inside out of MQM and their both social and criminal activities

Khalid Khan, USA (Originally From Occupied Karachi) Jul 09, 2015 10:09pm

@Khan-USA You are absolutely right Mr. Khan, I am 100 percent agreed with you.