Rangers in Punjab for 60 days under ATA

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Rangers in Punjab for 60 days under ATA

ISLAMABAD: (APP) Ministry of Interior on Wednesday accorded approval to empower Rangers in Punjab for 60 days to combat terrorism under Anti-Terrorism Act in the province.

The Rangers, during its special powers/authority tenure, would provide assistance to police and other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to fight against terrorism.

The decision was taken in a meeting which was chaired by Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here.

As per details, the provincial Apex Committee had recommended authority/powers to Rangers in Punjab.

Addressing the meeting, Nisar said the government was committed to curbing menace of terrorism and in this regard all assistance would be provided to provinces.

He said, "the terrorists and their facilitators, wherever they are, would be chased and brought to their logical conclusions."

"We need national solidarity and strong nerves to fight against terrorism and extremism in the country," he added.

The meeting was also attended by National Security Advisor, Lt. General (Retd) Nasir Janjua, Secretary Interior, Chief Secretary Punjab, Home Secretary Punjab, Inspector General of Police Punjab and other senior officials.

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