ABAD calls for extending rangers power

KARACHI: Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD) Chairman Mohammad Hanif Gohar along with Vice Chairman Rizwan Adhiyan and Southern Region Chairman Asif Sim Sim demanded of the Sindh government that unconditionally, the rangers powers should be extended and its circle be expanded to interior Sindh. They said that if the law and order situation is not restored in Karachi, then Rs 46 billion Pak China investments would be affected. They said if Sindh government had worked in right direction, the traders and people of Karachi would not have demanded deployment of rangers.

They said this while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club. Gohar said that 2.5 crore people of Karachi and traders want return of rangers with extension of powers. If the rangers powers are not restored, the activities of extortion would increased once again.

He said people have expectation from Pak China Corridor, as due to this corridor, Pakistan will come on the path to growth. He said that rangers is present in Karachi since two decades, but after the starting of Zarb-e-Azb Operation, they had been given powers and with help of that, the activities of extortion and target killing had decreased to 80%.

Gohar said due to absence of law and order situation in Karachi, many builders were killed and many kidnapped. He said among them, many builders were compelled to leave the country, but after the struggle of rangers, Karachi got peace and the builders and traders felt the sense of security; however, such builders and traders who left country due to fear of insecurity, have also returned to Pakistan and resumed their business.

He said that rangers had been given powers after the approval from National Assembly and Senate under the National Action Plan. He said if rangers powers are limited, people would see serious consequences. Replying to a quarry, he said that ABAD would not support any element if he is found involved in illegal activities. He said no any member of ABAD is involved in the activities of China Cutting.

Vice Chairman Rizwan Adhiyan said rangers’ personnel had sacrificed their lives for restoration of peace in Karachi, but it is surprising that Sindh government is reluctant to extend rangers power. Asif Sim Sim told that after the restoration of peace, biggest investment of Pakistan’s history has been made. He demanded that rangers’ powers should be extended to interior Sindh. Junaid Shaikhani, Riaz Razzaq, Hassan Bukshi, Kamran Taijani, and Riaz Ghaziani were also present on the occasion.

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