Stay of Rangers in Punjab extended for another two months


LAHORE: Aug 26 (TNS): The Punjab government has extended the stay of Rangers in the province for another two months.

Five companies of Rangers were deployed in Punjab on April 22 this year to assist the Counter-Terrorism Department hunt down terrorists.

Home Department senior officials said the same number of Rangers would continue to be deployed in the province till Oct 22. The extension was notified after an approval by the interior division.

They said the Rangers would continue conducting intelligence base operations in league with the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) all over the province. Regular police were also available for additional support.

Rangers have been given powers of police officers under Section 5 of the Anti-Terrorism Act. They are authorized to have cases registered like the CTD officers, also having a legal cover for all other actions during and after operations.

Majority of the Rangers are deployed in the bordering Attock and Rajanpur districts to stop terrorists’ entry into Punjab. They have been conducting intelligence base operations in league with CTD all over the province since their deployment.