According to the Rangers statement, acting under powers bestowed on the paramilitary force under Article-147, the Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrested 533 suspects out of whom 478 suspects were handed over to the police for processing while 55 suspects were handed over to various law enforcement agencies including FIA, ANF, Pakistan Customs, FC and the Irrigation Department.
The paramilitary force detained 127 illegal Afghan nationals, 34 members of banned organizations, 16 members of separatist groups, 4 members belonging to MQM’s militant wing, 18 dacoits, 10 smugglers, 11 poachers, 24 drug dealers and 234 suspects involved in various crimes, the statement added.
During the operations conducted in interior Sindh, 2 paramilitary forces officers and 1 soldier laid down their lives while another 2 were wounded.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday said the Rangers’ activities in interior Sindh are unconstitutional as they were mandated to eliminate four serious crimes from Karachi alone.
Meanwhile, the ongoing operation in Karachi has come to a grinding halt as the Sindh government has not yet recommended that the federal government extend the Rangers’ stay in the province and its special policing powers in Karachi.