Reintegration of Child Soldiers and the Case of Pakistan

  • Muhammad Shahrukh Shahnawaz
  • Chaudry Wasim Iqbal
Keywords: Interim Care Centers, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Juvenile Justice System Act, 2018, Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997


Child soldiers are born whenever there is an armed conflict within on outside the country or in form of a civil war, but Pakistan has been directly involved in the war on terrorism and thereby making it incumbent upon it to make laws and take measures for the reintegration in society of these children of war. The next step after the hostilities have ended is the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration process, which is not an easy task and faced by series of obstacles. This paper will try to understand the process of reintegration of child soldiers by analyzing the laws of Pakistan, centres built for the purpose of deradicalization, and how experiences of other countries in dealing with the reintegration process of child soldiers can be helpful to Pakistan.