Pakistan has become the 96th State to join the Hague Convention on Child Abduction 1980.
The 1980 treaty provides a procedure to bring about the prompt return of children taken overseas in order to protect them from abduction, but it only applies between contracting states so it is good news when additional states join.
That said, prevention is always better than cure. If you suspect there is any risk that a child might be being taken overseas without the agreement of everyone with parental responsibility, it is important that you seek immediate specialist legal advice so that prompt protective action can be taken. This is a service our team provides.
On 22 December 2016, Pakistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and thus became the 96th Contracting State to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Pakistan on 1 March 2017.