26 girls held hostage to settle loan dispute recovered in Karachi

Bajaur residents were found in Liaquatabad as part of an arrangement to settle a loan dispute

Web Desk November 26, 2014

KARACHI: Twenty-six girls, who were being held hostage in a house in Karachi as part of an arrangement to settle a loan dispute between the house-owner and a madrassa teacher, were recovered by police on Wednesday.

The girls, who only spoke Pashto, were residents of Bajaur and recovered from a house in the Liaquatabad area of Karachi. The provincial government has taken them into custody and will hand them over to their respective guardians after conducting investigations, Express News reported on Wednesday.

According to initial reports, the parents of the young girls had agreed to send their children to Karachi in a bid to provide better education for them.

Provincial minister for social welfare, women development and special education, Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani confirmed that the government is willing to bear the expenditures of these girls.

The house-owner had allegedly taken a loan from the madrassa teacher and gave them to the madrassa upon failing to repay the money. According to initial reports, the girls had not been properly fed for the past two days.

After the news broke, Muttahida Quami Movement lawmaker Rauf Siddiqui arrived at the house and met the girls. Earlier, MQM MPA Khawaja Izharul Hassan said his party would take care of the girls until they are handed over to their guardians.

“We want the Sindh government to take notice of this action and bring those behind this act to book,” he demanded.

The lawmaker also said MQM had contacted the girls' tribal elders, who would be arriving in Karachi soon.

Expressing fears of what could possibly happen to these girls if they were not rescued, Hassan said the government should take immediate actions against unregistered and illegal madrassas in the city.

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Nawaz | 6 years ago | Reply

@Chachoo: you pretend to be educated and are also pretending to be rational. Then don't you know the tribal territory is not part of KPK? Or does it help you to prove your distorted argument right? Whatever your purpose the tribal territories are governed by the federal govt not KPK govt. They are for this reason called Federally administered tribal territories! How can they not know how these children are brought at such an age so far off from their parents? Secondly the Sindh govt which is the govt of the waderas by the waderas for the waderas will have to take the blame for extremely poor rather pathetic governance of the province! If such criminal elements are present in Sindh it is their responsibility to nab them! Don't try to shift the responsibility by pointing fingers at others!

Vikram | 6 years ago | Reply

@ahmed: For God sake these girls are just kids. Shut your dirty mind off. Photo is the main reason people feel emotional about this News.

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