Child labor has served as the grass root for many problem such as illiteracy, economic development and health issues in children due to poor working conditions and long working hours. There are NGOs working for the reduction of child labor in Pakistan, the problem arises when we consider the ground reality that child labor in more prevalent in the rural then the urban areas where their reach id very limited and they have no means to people to send their children to school rather than jobs which destroy their lives indefinitely. A trend that the government follows is that it takes a back seat regarding all the issues it can actually make a difference.
According to an article published in Dawn Karamat Ali, Director of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education said just three per cent of the GDP could ensure social security to citizens, which was vital to ensuring education for all children in Pakistan. Irum Azeem Farooque, member of the Sindh Assembly from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, said the Sindh government was far behind the Punjab government, which was actively implementing issues relating to child labour and education within its province. Sorath Thebo, MPA from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, said most laws in Sindh were not being implemented. Mustafa Suhag, director of the labour ministry, said his department had redrafted the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act and the Employment of Children Act and sent them to the law ministry for tabling them in the provincial assembly.
The government just seems to stalling this major issue maybe as the government is in the hands of the feudal landlords in Pakistan and it just does not suit them to end this curse just of now. Or it’s the people of the nation who can be declared selfish and held responsible. The real issue however is still spreading its roots while it seems to declining in world. India for example was at the top of the list in 2012 but by 2013 it significantly declined child labour prevalence. Instead of pointing fingers the issue needs to deal with.