12 children recovered from NGO office


A Rescue team of Child Protection Bureau recovered 12 children of 6 to 15 years of age from the illegal custody and office of a so-called NGO located near Liaquat Chowk in Sabzazar area on Thursday.

The recovered children were identified as Muhammad Ramazan, a resident of Vehari District, Imtiaz Hussain, a resident of Lahore City, Fayyaz, a resident of Okara, Muhammad Akram, a resident of Vehari, Kashif, a resident of Peshawar, Javed Akbar, a resident of Lakki Marwat, Wajid Shah Muhammad, resident of Mansehra, Zeeshan a resident of Multan, Abdul Hameed, a resident of Lakki Marwat, Riaz, a resident of Peshawar and Amjad Nisar, a resident of Bahawalpur.

Assistant Director Child Protection Bureau (CPB) Ulfat Abbas, who also lead the rescue operation team of said that few officials of CPB deputed at Data Darbar, at and around Lorry Adda and railway station observed some suspicious activities of a so-called NGO namely Idara-e-Khidmate Insaniat. He said that CPB officials observed that the workers of the NGO forcibly lift children from different areas of the provincial capital and took them to their office located in Liaquat Chowk in Sabzazar area.

He said that on Wednesday he along with his team-mates visited the office of the NGO but found the office locked from outside. He said that they had heard voices of children over which they called the Sabzazar police.

He said that policemen broke open the office of the NGO and recovered 12 children. He said that the police have also arrested administrator of the NGO namely Chaudhry Muhammad Basheer and a worker namely Muhammad Akmal.

He claimed that all the children were innocent and were detained by the NGO illegally. He claimed that most of the children recovered were living here in the City after running away from their homes. He claimed that the arrested accused used to contact families of the children after holding them and get money from them in case of handing over their children to them. He said that if any parent failed to provide the money to the NGO then they preferred to sell the particular child to some unknown men in order to get the desired amount.

He said that they had filed a complaint with the Sabzazar police for registration of a case under Law of Destitute and Neglected Children Act. He said that no one except Child Protection Bureau could keep a child.

On the occasion, the recovered children told the police that the officials of the so-called NGO used to torture them during abduction. They while showing marks of bruises on different parts of their bodies claimed that they were being kept detained by the officials of the NGO in a small room. A child, Muhammad Akram, told the media that he was heading back to his living place after working when two unknown men captured him and bundled him into a van from Minar-e-Pakistan area. He said that the unknown men brought him to this place and detained him along with few other children. Another one, Amjad, said that he came to the City after running away from his house and was staying at the shrine of Hazrat Ali Hajvery.
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