Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that every child is dear to him and that no effort will be spared for the protection of children as they are future of the nation. He said that due to effective measures taken by institutions of Punjab government, the incidents of missing of children have reduced substantially however, all out efforts should be made for tracing the children who are still missing.
He said that the facts in this regard should be brought to light and necessary measures should be taken for controlling such incidents.
He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of steering committee set up with regard to missing children. The chief minister directed that an effective system should be evolved to check the incidents of missing of children as it causes a lot of pain and agony to the parents. He directed advocate general and secretary prosecution to work efficiently for early disposal of cases pertaining to missing children. He directed that foolproof security of schools should be ensured at the end of summer vacation and the plan evolved for protection of school going children should be strictly implemented. He said that police and institutions concerned should remain alert around schools and perform their duties efficiently.
Issuing instructions for effective monitoring of security plan and checking, Shehbaz Sharif directed that all out efforts should be made for the protection and safety of children. He directed that police officers should pay visits to schools and check security arrangements while police patrolling around schools should be intensified. The chief minister said that he will preside over a meeting of steering committee personally once a week whereas the steering committee will meet twice a week to review the situation as well as monitor the steps taken in this regard.
He said that the steering committee will be fully authorised to take necessary measures for the safety of children. Head of the steering committee Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Chairperson MPA Saba Sadiq, Punjab advocate general, inspector general police, home and public prosecution secretaries, senior officers of law enforcement institutions and concerned officials attended the meeting.