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Zardari calls meeting in Dubai to review options after restoration of Rangers’ powers

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KARACHI:(APS)Dec 26,2015 – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has summoned former federal law minister Farooq H Naik to Dubai to review legal options after Rangers’ powers were restored unconditionally, APS News reported Saturday.

Zardari will convene a meeting with Naik and others in Dubai to review options that the Sindh government has after federation’s move.

The federal government earlier this week had restored Pakistan Rangers’ exclusive powers to operate in Karachi against terrorists, criminals and persons involved in terror sponsorship.

The Sindh government had written a letter to the federation earlier this week stating restoration of paramilitary force’s powers as an attack on Sindh. This was the provincial government s second letter to the federation in the matter.

Zardari had also lashed out at the federation following the federal government’s nod.

However, the federation had maintained a solid stance over Sindh’s letter. The government had stated that federation executive committee could order province as per the Constitution of Pakistan. The federation further stated that no province reserves the right to deviate from federation’s instructions.

On December 25, the federal government had issued a formal notification to extend Rangers’ policing powers. Zardari’s call for a meeting has come a day after issuance of the notification.

A targeted operation was launched in September 2013 which was led by Pakistan Rangers.

The Rangers have curbed crime rate to a significant degree while have also netted some ‘big fish’ under corruption charges including former petroleum minister and Chairman of Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Asim Hussain.

Senior leader and legal counsel of PPP, Farooq H Naik is looking after several important cases against PPP’s leaders including corruption reference against former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

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