KARACHI: Minister for Social Welfare, Women Development and Special Education, Rubina Qaimkhani, said on Tuesday that the long-awaited Child Protection Authority has been established which would look after the issues about children in the society.
Talking to PPI, the minister said that the authority had also been notified which comprised nine committee members headed by her.
The members include four Sindh Assembly legislators – Pakistan Muslim League-Functional leader Mehtab Akber Rashdi, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf parliamentarian Seema Zia, Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Naila Munir-and Pakistan People’s Party MPA Shamim Mumtaz.
It also comprised five representatives of NGOs – Rana Asif of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Zia Ahmed Awan of Madadgar Helpline, Iqbal Detho from Save the Children, Safdar Raza of Plan Pakistan and Irfan of Azad Foundation.
The minister said that the committee would be helpful in curbing criminal activities against children and preparing legislation in order to provide safety and security to the children.
She said that the committee would meet twice a week and it would be entitled to acquire assistance and information from the social welfare department.
She further said that secretary social welfare could induct lawyers or consultants in the committee with the approval of committee members.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Shamim Mumtaz told PPI that only a single session of the committee had been convened and it had submitted a bill in the assembly against early marriages of children. She said that soon other bills pertaining to the betterment of the children would be introduced in the assembly.