Rangers summoned in Punjab: Sanaullah

Rangers summoned in Punjab: Sanaullah



Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Friday said the provincial government had summoned Rangers for operation against terrorists and banned outfits in ‘specific’areas of the province.

Sanaullah said that after the Quetta blast last month, the Punjab government felt the need to summon Rangers in order to “assist the counter-terrorism department against financiers and facilitators of banned outfits”.

“Rangers have been summoned for a specific time period, and will operate in specific areas,” the provincial law minister told BBC Urdu’s Umar Afridi in an interview.

Rangers will operate in Punjab for a period of two months, Sanaullah said. He added that if needed, the government will extend their stay to operate in the province.

“Rangers are operating in Punjab. They are assisting local police on a tip-off against terrorists. More Rangers have been summoned as reinforcement,” said Sanaullah.

The law minister clarified that the paramilitary force has been summoned to operate in ‘difficult areas’, identified through intelligence reports, which require tough security measures.

“This is not the first time that the Rangers have been summoned. In the past, the paramiltary force was summoned to bring down robbers in Rajan Pur area,” said Sanaullah.

The Nation