LAHORE: Punjab Rangers have been called in the province to battle the extremist and the terrorist network responsible for terrorism in Punjab and across country.
The Punjab government, following the decision of the province’s apex committee, has requested the interior ministry to lend around 2,000 Rangers for the next 60 to 90 days to assist counter-terror operations in the province.
Rangers will conduct their operations based mainly on information passed on to the force by military intelligence sources.
The paramilitary troops may decide not to share this information with police officials to prevent it from being leaked, the sources said.
While they’re deployed in Punjab, the Rangers will have the power to detain or arrest anyone and will lodge FIRs with the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), the sources added.
The Rangers will mainly focus on operations in South Punjab – particularly in Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan, two districts which the police have found tough to operate in – the sources said.
Apex committee meeting will be held in the coming days to streamline the anti-terror offensive in the Punjab.