KARACHI - Sindh government on Friday handed over 35 seminary girls to the assistant political agent of Bajaur Agency and directed the police to take action against unregistered seminaries here on Friday.

All the girls were in government custody and kept in government-run Darul Banat—a shelter home of the Sindh Social Welfare Department situated at Shanti Nagar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor sent Bajaur Agency assistant political agent Fayyaz Sherpao to get the girls back home.

Sindh government has decided to hand over them to Sherpao and the local leaders of Bajaur Agency after a meeting with Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddique and Sindh Women Development Minister Rubina Qaimkhani.

On Friday evening, the Sindh government handed the girls over to Sherpao after a press conference at Darul Banat. Rubina Qaimkhani; former MNA from Bajaur Agency Akhunzada Chattan, former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi and former MNA from Peshawar, Noor Alam Khan were also present on the occasion.

Ms Qaimkhani said the provincial government had directed the Sindh IG to take action against unregistered seminaries in Karachi. She said Wafaqul Madaris had the responsibility to register the unregistered seminaries or take action against them. She said it was the responsibility of the Sindh government to provide protection to the girls and facilitate them. She further said the girls had been handed over to KP government after completion of legal formalities. “The police have completed its procedure and the court was also involved in the process in order to make it clear and now we are handing them over to the assistant political agent. By evening the girls will be leaving from here.”

She said the parents of seven girls were from Karachi who got the custody of their girls. “The parents of the girls are in contact with us and they are asking about when their daughters will reach,” said Sherpao.

They have got the custody of 35 girls and they have submitted application for getting a C-130 airplane to take them back and if it was not available then they will take them through routine flights.