CM Baqar condemns killing of children in Palestine on World Children’s Day, leads walkMinister for introducing Sindh’s tourist attraction at international level

KARACHI: Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (Retd.) Maqbool Baqar has said we are commemorating World Children’s Day all over the world but simultaneously Israel is killing innocent children in Palestine, which needs to be condemned in strong words.

This he said while talking to the media persons just after leading the Walk organized by the Sindh Child Protection Authority (SCPA) of the Social Welfare Department at Seaview to commemorate World Children’s Day here Sunday. The walk was attended by Minister Health Dr Saad Niaz, Secretary of Social Welfare Department Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretaries and senior officers of different departments.

The event brought together children, parents, community leaders, NGOs, and government officials. The Caretaker Chief Minister emphasized the significance of children’s rights, their promising future, and the government’s commitment towards Child Protection. ‘We must remember the children being killed by Israel in Palestine,’ he said and prayed for their protection and care.

he CM said that World Children Day observed globally each year was dedicated to promoting and advocating for the rights and well-being of children. He added that the walk was initiated to raise awareness about the rights and needs of children, emphasizing collective responsibility in ensuring children’s secure and promising future.

Baqar appreciated the social welfare department that has reunified 2275 missing children with their families, prevented and addressed around 200 child marriages, rescued 235 kidnapped children with invaluable assistance from the police, diligently addressed 883 cases of child abuse and violence, provided essential support and care to the affected children. Notably, rescued 1472 children from child beggary, ensuring them the chance to lead lives full of promise and opportunities.

He said that ??World Children’s Day was a powerful reminder of our responsibility to protect and nurture the future leaders of our nation. ‘The Sindh Child Protection Authority under the Social Welfare De
partment is steadfast in its commitment to implementing policies that prioritize the well-being and rights of every child in Sindh,’ he said.

Baqar said that the Social Welfare Department remained devoted to implementing initiatives that safeguard the rights and promote the welfare of our children. He added that it has achieved remarkable milestones by managing 5497 cases, establishing an efficient 24/7 Sindh Child Helpline 1121, which has handled 129,750 calls over the past five years.

The CM said that the Social Welfare Dept had established 30 Child Protection Units in each district of Sindh, constituted District Coordination Committees (DCC) for Child Protection in every district, operationalized Shelter Home in Karachi with the capacity to accommodate 300 destitute children. He said that the dept had enforced the Child Protection Amendment Act 2021 and Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013; which strengthened legal protections for children.

KARACHI: The caretaker Provincial Minister for Tourism and Environment Arshad Wali Muhammad on Sunday said that the Sindh government was taking steps to introduce the Sindh province’s tourist attractions at the international level in the World Travel Market, London. Sites with attractive scenery will be included in international tourism.

He expressed these views while meeting a delegation of journalists.

The caretaker provincial minister said that the tourism industry is investing heavily in the world travel market and the Sindh government is trying hard to ensure that Sindh can get its due place in the tourism industry formulating an integrated strategy for aviation companies, hotel management industry and guides to promote the trend of local and international tourism in Sindh in a market-oriented manner, resulting in employment opportunities at the local level and suitable environment will be available for foreign investment.

The provincial minister further said that the natural lakes and the difference
in ambient temperature at the highest point in Sindh are a source of attraction for tourists, in the context of which the tourism department is making proposals for the promotion of the hotel industry, which will be finalized very soon.