KARACHI - The cases of missing children have been on the rise alarmingly, across the country as about 10,511 children, reportedly, have gone missing from 2000 to July 2010, revealed a report, released by Madadgaar Helpline, an NGO working on the women and children issues here on Wednesday. The report disclosed that during the first six months of the current year, at least 208 cases of missing children, including 150 boys and 58 girls, were reported at different police stations here in the metropolis alone. Such cases are not only affecting the shocked families but also posing a sensitive human rights issue. The NGO urged that serious efforts were needed from all stakeholders to ensure safety of the children. Madadgaar Helpline mentioned that the children went missing for many reasons, in which mostly the children had been abducted by strangers, acquaintances, friends and relatives, while some children ran away from their homes for various reasons. The report points out that the number of missing children cases is rising sharply during natural calamities across the country. Several such cases have been witnessed when the deadly earthquake hit Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Northern Areas in October 2005. The same trend could be observed during the ongoing floods, across the country, wherein millions of people, including women and children have been displaced. According to the data provided by Madadgaar Helpline, as many as 12 children and teenagers were reportedly missing in Karachi from July 2010 to August alone, included 15-years-old Aziz, son of Behar Sher who went missing within the jurisdiction of the Defence Police. Similarly, 12-year-old Faraz Ahmed, son of Naved Ahmed from the limit of Zaman Town Police, 11-year-old Usman, son of Abid Hussain from Malir limits, 8-year-old Waqar, son of Nabi Bux from Bin Qasim limits, 9-year-old Bakhit Mir, son of Mir Mehboob from Suhrab Goth precincts, 10-year-old Nasir Khan, son of Munawar Khan from Sharafi Goth. Five-year-old Dilshad Ali, son of Liaquat Ali went missing from the Gulistan-e-Johar Police precinct, 8-year-old Zubair, son of Quaid Hussain from Al-Fallah limits, 18-year-old Farzana, daughter of Khalid from Rizvia, 17-year-old Muhammad Shahzad, son of Ali Muhammad from the Saeedabad Police limits, 17-year-old Zameer, son of Tariq from the Mominabad limits and 13-year-old Nasreen, daughter of Aziz went missing from the Shah Faisal Police precincts. Meanwhile, the Gulistan-e-Johar Police have found 11-year-old Muhammad Raza, son of Dilawar and 10-year-old Abdullah, son of Amanullah on August 8, 2010, while the Preedy Police found 6-year-old Humera, daughter of Waqar and her brother four-and half-year-old Wajid, son of Waqar, but they are yet to be handed over to their families as nobody has approach the police concerned so far. The NGO demanded the government to provide institutionalise mechanism for reporting, search and recovery of the missing children. It also urged to set up special windows for reporting the missing children cases in the police stations and other related government departments.