SHC wants reunion of recovered children with families

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday ordered police officials to make fullest endeavour to reunify the 16 missing children, who have been rescued by Child Protection Bureau Lahore, with their families residing in Karachi.

Two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar issued this order while hearing a petition seeking court directives to Sindh police for considering the missing children cases a cognizable offence and registering FIRs in this regard.

The petition was instituted by non-government organization, Roshni Research and Development Welfare, stating that cases of missing children were not properly investigated as a result, many children lost their lives.

Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) had addressed a letter to SHC Chief Justice, requesting him to issue direction to provincial government to help in tracing out the families of missing 16 sixteen children, who were currently under supervision Child Protection Bureau Lahore.

Naveed Ahmed, counsel for NGO, said that organization has already approached the families of nine children out of 16 children, which families are awaiting them.

The bench directed that officers shall speed up their efforts so that the children may unite with their families within a week from today, without fail. In doing so they shall be assisted by provincial social welfare department, it added.

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