Up to Punjab govt if they want to deploy Rangers, says Khursheed Shah

  • Says if Punjab govt thinks it can fight terrorists on its own, then no need to invite Rangers
  • Says Sindh govt never wanted to let in Rangers in their province

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah has said it is the prerogative of the Punjab government to allow the deployment of Rangers in the province.

Talking to media personnel in Dera Kaira, Lala Musa on Sunday, the leader of the opposition said the federal government had deployed the paramilitary force in Karachi without the consent of the Sindh government. If the Punjab government believed that it could deal with the terrorists through its own forces then there was no need of the Rangers’ deployment there.

He said the state institutions should work in their own domains.

Khursheed Shah said that the National Action Plan (NAP) was not being implemented in letter and spirit and the prime minister had himself admitted that fact. The NAP’s website had been closed, and its budgetary allocations had been withdrawn, he added.

Had the NAP been properly implemented three massive terror attacks in Sindh and two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) would not have occurred, he said.

The opposition leader said the government had resorted to ‘loot sale’ of state institutions in the name of their privatisation. The institutions were being sold at throwaway prices, he said.

He said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was not doing negative politics.

Former information minister and PPP Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira, PPP Punjab General Secretary Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, former Tehsil Nazim Nadeem Asghar Kaira and many other party leaders were also present on the occasion.