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25 February | 2024

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Caretaker PM launches mobile application to report missing, abducted children

On International Children Day, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to safeguard rights, inclusive growth, education, healthcare, and dignity of children

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has said that the government is determined to ensure inclusive development, education, healthcare, participation, dignity and security for all children, as envisaged in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In connection with the International Children Day, he told a gathering in Islamabad that the children were the most precious asset of any nation and the sole guarantee for its future prosperity. He said that the government was fully devoted to the well-being and safety of the children.

The caretaker prime minister said that the government and non-government organizations and the society as a whole should contribute towards the noble cause of safeguarding the children rights and to make their future safe and prosperous. On Monday, the International Children’s Day celebrated under the theme – For every child, every right – to reaffirm the commitment to safeguard the rights and well-being of children.

In Gaza, ‘we are witnessing ‘children holocaust’ that must have to be stopped immediately’

On the occasion, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar launched the ZARRA Alert App – a mobile application that can be used to report missing and abducted children. Appreciating the endeavors of National Commission on the Rights for Children (NCRC) and the Ministry of Human Rights for launching the dedicated mobile application, he said that it was the collective effort of all stakeholders involved.

Caretaker PM launches mobile application to report missing, abducted children
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar addresses a ceremony in Islamabad

The caretaker prime minister said that children were the most precious asset of any nation and the sole guarantee for its future prosperity. He mentioned Israel’s oppression on the innocent people, especially the children, in Palestine and called upon the world powers to help end their brutal killing. “We are witnessing the children holocaust in Gaza that must have to be stopped immediately.”

“We are doing our utmost endeavors to cease violence in Gaza at the platform of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),” he told the audience. Interacting with differently-abled children, the caretaker prime minister said that he was amazed by their intellect, perseverance, and desire to positively contribute to the social sphere. He said that their spirit for proving their talents against all odds was simply impressive.

On the occasion, Caretaker Minister for Human Rights Khalil George said that it was the state’s responsibility to protect the children’s rights and help them become respectable citizens in future who would play a vital role in the national development. He said that the mobile application was connected with all the police stations and would be helpful in recovering the missing and abducted children. National Commission on Rights of Child Chairperson Ayesha Raza Farooq said the government was making every effort to protect the rights of every child.

In a message on the occasion of the International Children’s Day, President Dr Arif Alvi called upon the relevant government organizations, civil society, human rights groups, media, UN agencies, community, parents, teachers, and children themselves to come together and play their constructive role in the national effort to improve lives of children in Pakistan.

“Children are vulnerable to several challenges like stunting, malnutrition and lack of access to quality education and health facilities,” he pointed out. Also, he said that children were facing various protection challenges like child trafficking, child marriage, child labor, corporal punishment, child abuse, children in conflict with the law, and harmful traditional practices.

Pakistan is a signatory to seven core international human rights conventions, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Also, Pakistan ratified Optional Protocols to the UNCRC on the sale of children, child prostitution and pornography and the involvement of children in armed conflict. As a signatory, Pakistan remains at the forefront to advocate, protect and promote child rights.

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