Karachi, Pakistan – January 11, 2016 – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Karachi Organizer Ali Zaidi demanded from both the federal and Sindh governments to immediately clarify and resolve the status of Pakistan Rangers in Karachi.

Less than a one month is left in the special powers given to the Rangers in Karachi and no meaningful discussion has taken place so far between the federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and the Sindh government to move forward. The citizens of Karachi are being left in a lurch not knowing what will happen to the quality of law enforcement, as there is a fear that the Sindh government might not renew the mandate of the Rangers when the current one expires.”

The people of Karachi demand that both the federal and Sindh governments quickly resolve the issue of the Rangers special powers before the expiry of the current mandate. In addition, Rangers should be deployed throughout Sindh, as the security situation is not sanguine there either.

“The Rangers have been present in Karachi for the last 25 years, which is a serious indictment of not just the present Sindh government but all the past governments also of both poor policing and governance. If the police force was depoliticized, well-trained and well-equipped and acted as true servants of the public and not the government of the day, there would be no need of the Rangers to handle the law enforcement responsibilities.”

We also demand that the Sindh government show serious resolve in revamping the police force as soon as possible. The Sindh government should present a plan to the assembly and the public that shows how they will proceed to improve the police force on a war-footing basis.”