The officials of Forced Marriages Unit of UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office stressed the need for joint efforts against forced marriages, parents child abduction and abandoned spouses in the UK nationals of Pakistan-origin.

The delegation comprising officials of the UK High Commission and Forced Marriages Unit visited office of the Jhelum District Coordination Officer (DCO) to discuss the issue here on Tuesday.

The delegation led by Joint Head Forced Marriage Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office London Lucy Monaghan included UK High Commission Consular Simon Minshull, second secretary Emma Harber and senior consular officer NeelamFarooq.

The delegation informed DCO Imran Raza Abbasi that the Forced Marriages Unit has so far received 672 complaints pertaining to forced marriages of UK nationals of Pakistan-origin belonging to Jhelum, Gujrat and Mirpur.

On the occasion, Lucy Monaghan underlined that awareness should be created in the society about the ill-effects of forced marriages, parents child abduction and abandoned spouses. She emphasised that all segments of society and departments should play their role to eliminate the horrible situation.

During the meeting, the DCO briefed the delegation about efforts of the Facilitation Centre for Overseas Pakistanis, set up to resolve problems of the overseas Pakistani. He assured the delegation that the district administration would make all-out efforts to eliminate forced marriages, parents child abduction and abandoned spouses.

He shared the Overseas Pakistanis Facilitation Centre set up at the DCO Office has received 236 complaints so far since its establishment in June 2014.