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April 14, 2008

Rangers at educational institutions to be replaced by alternative force

Lahore

April 14, 2008

Karachi

The Sindh cabinet meeting held on Sunday decided that the Pakistan Rangers would be withdrawn from all educational institutions of Karachi soon after the establishment of an alternative force.

The Rangers had been deployed in major educational institutions to maintain the law and order situation, especially in the wake of clashes between student groups, which had claimed the lives of several students.

As decided by the meeting, the Rangers will be pulled out soon after an alternative force is put in place; until then, the Rangers will continue to perform their duty.

The more than 1,200 Rangers personnel stationed in and around the educational institutions across the city would be withdrawn when the new force is established.

The highest number of Rangers is deployed at the University of Karachi (KU) where approximately over 700 personnel of the force are stationed.

The Scahal Wing of the Pakistan Rangers was established at the KU campus to look after the security affairs of the varsity after violent student clashes in the late 80s.

The Scahal Wing is also looking after the security affairs of the NED University.

It is worth mentioning here that the Rangers have already seemingly withdrawn from duties at the KU following the beating up of a professor at the enterance of the university some days back.

Around 20 or more Rangers personnel are deployed at the Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College each to control the law and order situation there. They have been asked to stay put until further notification by the authorities concerned.

Some 100 Rangers will continue to perform their duty at and around the premises of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Commerce until they, too, are replaced by the alternative force.

Similarly, the over 100 Rangers personnel at the Dawood College for Engineering would vacate their positions soon after the formation of the new

force.

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