LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday sought a detailed reply from the Punjab government in a petition seeking proper security for school children.

Also, the court directed the government to submit report about appointment of security guards at busses, vans and rickshaws used for transportation of schoolchildren, and as well as steps taken to stop illegal transplantation of child organs.

Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order while hearing the matter of alleged abduction of children from various cities of Punjab. The CJ also constituted a committee and tasked it to come up with suggestions as how the security of the children was possible.

Earlier, police told the court that 66 children were missing but they were making efforts for their recovery. They said they would recover them soon.

During the hearing, Punjab Human Transplant Authority’s Administrative Faisal Masood said that illegal transplantation of organs was continued in private institutions owned by influential people. He said police despite knowing them did not dare to arrest them. He told the court that such elements could easily be taken to justice with the engaging the services of provincial intelligence wings.

An officer on behalf school education appeared in the court and said that a notification regarding deployment of security guards at school busses, vans and rikshaws had been issued.

During the hearing, the CJ directed PEMRA and TV channels to advertise the recovered children so that they could reach their homes.

The CJ also directed police to submit report of previous five years regarding recovery of children and provide it Child protection bureau for positive steps for their welfare. The court adjourned hearing until Oct 27.