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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Fearing Conversions, Pak Bans Missionary Adoption of Quake Orphans

Saturday, 15 October , 2005, 20:01

With hundreds of children rendered orphan by last week's killer quake, President Pervez Musharraf on Friday said Pakistan has banned adoptions until a proper policy was put in place to decide their fate.

Until a policy is evolved, the children will not be given for adoptions, Musharraf told a meeting of the Federal Relief Commission.

The Federal Relief Commission meeting was informed that adoptions have been banned for the time being in order to avoid abuse of children who have lost their parents in the earthquake, reports said.

Pakistan's Jamait Islami has said that it would oppose any policy to permit foreigners adopting the surviving kids.

The party has offered to take responsibility of all children who lost their parents and other relatives during the earthquake.

JI leader Naimatullah Khan told reporters that his party would strongly oppose any move to hand over children to foreign missionaries and NGOs.

"We will not allow the foreign missionaries or NGOs to adopt these children. We will not let foreign missionaries to take these children with them," he said.

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