Imran orders probe into Hindu girls’ abduction

Directs Punjab, Sindh govts to submit a detailed report

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed Sindh and Punjab governments to investigate the reported abduction of two Hindu girls from Sindh and their shifting to Punjab. This was stated by the Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain in a tweet on Sunday.

The Prime Minister also directed both the provincial governments to devise a common strategy about the matter and asked for early recovery of the abducted girls.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a probe into allegations that two Hindu girls in Sindh province were abducted and converted to Islam, as New Delhi asked its envoy in Islamabad to give it a report. The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of “influential” men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown soleminising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls. In a separate video, the minor girls can be seen saying that they accepted Islam of their own free will.

In a Twitter post on Sunday, Information Minister Chaudhry said that the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls in question have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. Chaudhry said the prime minister has also ordered the Sindh and Punjab governments to devise a joint action plan in light of the incident, and to take concrete steps to prevent such incidents from happening again.

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