Mohtasib intervenes to reunite abducted girls with parents

Islamabad—Two missing teenage girls, abducted from Karachi by child traffickers a year ago, were recently recovered from Dera Murad Jamali Balochistan, on the intervention of Wafaqi Mohtasib, M Salman Faruqui.
The recovery was made possible due to personal efforts of Child Commissioner Sindh Zia Ahmed Awan, who is a prominent Lawyer and head of Madadgar, a Karachi-based NGO, and recently appointed Children Commissioners, Raheela Hameed Durrani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly and Shama Parveen Magsi, former provincial minister and Ms Syeda Hashmi, Commissioner for Children,said a press release issued Monday.
The young girls, residents of Machar Colony Karachi, went missing shortly after they had left their homes to buy sweets. The aggrieved parents searched for their daughters across city but did not succeed in tracing them. After some times with help of Madadgar, parents were able to reach Edhi Centre at Sohrab Goth where girls were informed to be residing. However, parents were told by the Edhi Centre personnel that girls had left Centre with a person impersonating as their father. Only evidence provided by Centre to parents was photographs taken as documentation of reunification at time of handing over girls to fake parent.
Based on formal letter issued by ‘Madadgar’ to SHO Samanabad, FIR was registered against primary suspect. Thereafter, police launched hectic search and succeed in apprehending a relative of primary suspect.
The apprehended accused disclosed that trafficker namely Shafi Muhammad had taken girls to Dera Murad Jamali, Balochistan.
The Commissioner for Children Sindh and head of Madadgar, Zia Ahmed Awan, apprised the Federal Ombudsman of facts of case.
Following Ombudsman’s advice; Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi, National Commissioner for Children briefed Children Commissioners of Balochistan about incident and requested them to take necessary actions for recovery of abducted girls.
The Children Commissioners promptly went into action seeking help of IG Police and other influential personalities of the province for the recovery of the girls.
Due to their effective coordination and efforts Nadir Magsi, MPA Balochistan, caught hold of culprits at Dera Murad Jamali with kidnapped girls.
Presently girls are in safe custody and Sindh Police has taken necessary steps to reunite abducted girls with their parents.
It may be recalled that the Federal Ombudsman had recently appointed 13 Committees of Children Commissioners across country for protection of child rights. The initiative has started yielding results.—APP

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