Lahore: The federal government on Wednesday approved the Punjab government’s request to deploy Rangers in Punjab and give policing powers for 60 days.

The Punjab government, following the decision of the province’s apex committee, had 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 be deployed in Punjab to assist in a crackdown on extremists and they will be empowered independently to conduct intelligence-based operations (IBOs) across the province.