Pakistan reunites missing Afghan child with family

ISLAMABAD (APP): In a gesture of good will, Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Tehmina Janjua handed over the custody of an Afghan child to the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad Friday, the Foreign Office reported.

The child had come here with his parents for medical treatment of his father. However, during their stay in Islamabad, Ubaid ullah went missing. The mother of the child could not find any clue about his whereabouts and due to sudden demise of Ubaid Ullah’s father had left for Afghanistan.

The child was found by Islamabad Police on 7th November, 2015 and was referred to Child Protection and Welfare Bureau who took the custody of the child and provided him a homelike environment along with, education, healthcare and psychological counseling.

Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities as well as Embassy in Kabul continued efforts for tracing his family in Afghanistan.

After successful conclusion of these efforts, 15-year old Ubaid Ullah was handed over to the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad to reunite with his family in Afghanistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Tehmina Janjua said Pakistan wishes Afghanistan to be a peaceful, prosperous and bright country and it is ready to extend cooperation to this effect.

She said peace and stability in Afghanistan is inevitable for a peaceful region and Pakistan will continue joint efforts with Afghanistan.

The reunion of the boy with his family has been made possible due to the efforts of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul and Child Protection and Eelfare Bureau of Pakistan.

The Government and people of Afghanistan have deeply appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for taking good care of the destitute Afghan boy and his safe reunion with his family.