In the past the Sindh government never took the trouble of getting assent of its provincial assembly for giving a legal cover to the operation of the Rangers in Karachi. Why on earth did it consider its prior approval necessary now for giving further extension to them to carry on their present operation? The Rangers have very rightly laid their hands on the black sheep belonging to the PPP and the MQM over which their leadership has taken umbrage. It has let it be known in so many words that cases of corruption should not be tried in the courts meant for trial of the terrorists, whereas, there are many who consider corruption also as one of the worst type of terrorism which has been eating into the vitals of society and, therefore, those charged under corruption should be tried by the courts that have been set up for the trial of the terrorists.
Maybe the Sind Assembly gives assent to the extension of legal cover to the Rangers by the time these lines see the light of day as the common perception is that if any hiatus was created in the operation of the Rangers it would spell disaster for Karachi’s law and order and all the good work done by them hitherto in that case might go down the drain. There is a need to carry out combing operations in the interior of Sind also for nabbing the miscreants who have reportedly fled to the rural areas of the province in order to escape arrest. There will, therefore, be a need to widen the net of the Rangers’operation into the Rural Sindh also.
After winning the local bodies election in Karachi the MQM has been clamouring for an all-powerful Mayor for the Sind’s capital city who it knows is going to be their nominee. It feels that under the present local bodies ordinance he will be a toothless creature with no financial and administrative powers which the provincial government has very cunningly kept in its own hands. No body should disagree with the demand that the mayor of Karachi should be a powerful man as devolution of power means that the administrative and financial powers should be devolved at the grass root levels but, side by side, there would be a need to set up an independent Auditor general office in Karachi also for keeping a strict vigil on the way the local bodies spend Taxpayers ‘money as experience of hindsight tells us that a big amount was misappropriated by these local bodies institutions in the past.