The Pakistan Rangers
() are part of the paramilitary force command
, and consisting of members of the Pakistan Army under the direct control of the Ministry of the Interior
of the Pakistan Government
. The prime objectives of Rangers is to provide and maintain security in war zones and areas of hot conflict. In 1995, the Pakistan Rangers were separated into two branches: Pakistan Rangers Punjab headquartered in Lahore
, Punjab, and Pakistan Rangers Sindh (formerly the Mehran Force
) headquartered in Karachi
, Sindh. The two forces have different uniforms and chains of command but work under same ordinances, such as the Pakistan Rangers Ordinance 1959.
Each evening, Pakistan Rangers stationed in Lahore, together with their counterparts in the Indian Border Security Force
, participate in a flag lowering ceremony at Wagah
The origins and roots of Rangers dates back to 1942, when British government established a special unit as Sindh Police Rangers. After the establishment of Pakistan in 1947, the protection of its eastern boundaries was allotted to particular regions, such as the Punjab Border Police Force
, Bahawalpur State Police
, Khairpur State Police
and Sindh Rifles
. Because the Rangers were neither correctly structured nor outfitted for a specific duty, in 1958, they were restructured and renamed as the West Pakistan Rangers.
The Rangers had fought together with the Pakistan Army in several conflicts, namely the 1965 Indo-Pak war