MULTAN    -    Child Protection Bureau (CPB) Multan has managed to re­unite 965 run-away or lost children to their parents during the first nine months of 2022.

According to CPB Multan spokesperson Rao Naveed, the department took 970 children into custody and reunited 965 of them with their parents after proper counselling.

He said that the CPB teams used to visit different areas of the city on basis in search of run-away or beggar kids. Currently, a total of 70 poor children without heirs were residing in the Child Protection Bureau. “The children are availing all sorts of basic facilities including education, ac­commodation and clothing facilities.”

He informed that technical training, besides mental and psychological counselling was arranged for them in order to make them productive citizens of the state. He urged people to call helpline 1121 about waif and stray children.

Meanwhile, Additional Inspector General Police (AIGP) South Punjab Dr Ehsan Sadiq Monday underlined the need for strict enforcement of Prevention of Trafficking in Person Act (PTPA) 2018 by law enforcers to check crimes targeting women and children and meet international standards.

He was speaking at a seminar on PTPA 2018 that was also attended by Director FIA Headquarters, Islamabad, Ja­ved Akbar Riaz who delivered his keynote address on the issue of human trafficking and how to enforce PTPA to ar­rest crimes against women and children.

Dr Ehsan Sadiq said that reforms were being introduced to improve police performance and implement “preven­tion of trafficking in person act”. He directed the officers to organize awareness seminars at district level police offices and send compliance report to his office regarding imple­mentation of the law. He deputed DSP Vehari as a focal per­son to ensure strict monitoring.