People of Karachi want Rangers-led operation: Imran Khan

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday said that the terrorists will again start killing innocent people in Karachi once the Rangers are called back from the metropolis, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media in Lahore, Imran Khan said that a number of policemen were killed after the 92 operation in Karachi leaving the police unable to conduct such an operation in city.

"People of Karachi want a Rangers-led operation," claimed the PTI chief.

On his arrival at the Lahore airport, Imran said that the government's announcement to join the Saudi-led anti-terrorism alliance was a wrong decision.

While praising the country-wide anti-terror operation Zarb-i-Azb, the PTI chief opined that the whole country will suffer if the operation is stopped or halted for any reason.

He also accused the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of collectively looting the people of Sindh, adding "the situation of Karachi is the real test of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's governance".

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The Sindh Assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution asking for implementation of checks and conditions on Rangers’ special powers to raid and arrest suspects.

The resolution states that Rangers will only have powers with respect to the following:

  • Target killing
  • Extortion
  • Kidnapping for ransom
  • Sectarian killing

The resolution, which was approved by the House, was criticised by opposition members who claimed the government wanted to seriously curtail the paramilitary force’s powers.

The Christmas event

Later, Imran Khan attended an event marking Christmas in Township and greeted the Christian community on their annual festival.

Shunila Ruth, PTI's minority wing president in Punjab, along with other party leaders Chaudhry Sarwar and Ejaz Chaudhry accompanied him during the event.

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