ISLAMABAD: First nationwide Zainab Alert App is being launched by the Ministry of Human Rights, here Thursday. - PID photo

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Human Rights, together with Prime Minister’s Performance Delivery Unit (PMDU), on Thursday launched the Zainab Alert app for citizens to timely report any child that goes missing.
A ceremony to mark the momentous occasion was held in Islamabad and attended by Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari and Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar. Amin Ansari, the father of late Zainab Ansari, a little girl who was raped and murdered, pressed the button and launched the app at the event.
Mazari said that the past government had already begun work on an alert, which was named “mera bacha” (my child) on the prime minister’s portal but it was never completed.
She said the Zainab Alert app has been integrated with district police officers throughout the country. In Punjab, it is linked to 36, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to 33, and in Sindh to 50 district police officers.
The human rights minister said that complaints registered with the app will prompt the police to launch an immediate probe into the matter. She said that the app has been designed in a manner that making a fake alert is not possible.
Mazari said that soon a national directory will be formulated which will work with Edhi and other charities to develop a safety mechanism for children. She added that the ministry of human rights’ existing helpline 1099 will also continue to be available. – TLTP