Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday took suo moto notice of media reports regarding abduction of 600 children in Punjab province.
In his remarks, the acting CJP observed that in the recent past it has been widely publicised in the media, particularly the print that more than 600 children have been abducted from the province of Punjab, approximately 300 from Lahore alone.
“That it has been highlighted that such abductions are orchestrated with the nefarious object of extracting vital body organs of the abductees; while another attribution is for the sexual abuse and/or beggary etc. through the children. That in any case such large scale abduction, if so, of children in a short span of time is a matter of immense concern and alarm,” added a press release issued by the Supreme Court.
The acting chief justice further observed that “it was violative of the fundamental rights especially of life, liberty, safety and free movement and undoubtedly was of great public importance and thus the matter calls for cognizance within the purview of Article 184(3) of the Constitution”.
Justice Nisar issued notice to the Inspector General of Police, Punjab with direction to depute some high ranking police officer to provide details of such incidents (if any). The court also directed the Advocate General of Punjab to place the matter before the court’s Lahore registry on July 28.