LAHORE: Seeking deployment of Rangers in province for 60 to 90 days, the Punjab Home Department on Monday forwarded a summary to the federal government.

The provincial government has made the request under Article 147 of the Constitution and Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

The powers to Rangers would be given under articles 7 and 10 of The Pakistan Rangers Ordinance, 1959, local media reported.

Under the Article 7, the paramilitary force “can assist the police in prevention and detection of crime in border area and reinforce the police for maintenance of law and order.”

The Article 10 allows the government to “confer or impose upon any member of the force powers or duties conferred or imposed on a police officer of any class or grade by any enactment.”

A committee, comprising officials of interior ministry, Rangers and police, will be established to decide about the powers being given to Rangers in the province.

The Punjab government has forwarded the request after a suicide attack in Lahore that killed 15 people and injured numbers of people.