On July 1, 2020, the United States accepted Pakistan’s accession to the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention. The treaty will enter into force between the U.S. and Pakistan on October 1, 2020.
As a quick note, Pakistan did not appear among the list of countries that are not compliant with returning abducted children in the most recent compliance reports under ICAPRA, issued by the U.S. Department of State each spring. This may or may not have played a role in the U.S. government’s decision to accept Pakistan’s accession.
Pakistan became a party to the 1980 Convention in 2017, but the U.S. delayed in accepting its accession. Pakistan has not completed its Country Profile, which is requested of each country who becomes a treaty party to the Convention. Country Profiles are helpful documents maintained by the Hague Conference on Private International Law that gives basic details on the treaty’s operation in that country.