Reluctance of child abuse victims, families hampering investigations: FIA

Most suspects arrested are from Central Punjab, hold academic degrees, according to sources

News Desk January 29, 2018

A report by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has claimed that suspects from Central Punjab lead the gang of criminals involved in recording and distributing inappropriate videos of children over the internet, according to Express News.

According to an article published by a British media outlet, FIA Director-General (DG) ordered an inquiry into incidents of child abuse after the Kasur scandal, and constituted a two-member team which was tasked with arresting those involved in abusing children and circulating the videos online.

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Sources in FIA say that the criminals involved in performing inappropriate acts with children mostly belong to Central Punjab, and most of them are arrested and behind bars.

In an interview with the British news organisation, Imran Haider, the head of the two-member team, said that the task force he is leading was coordinating with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) as well as local residents to nab all those involved in this heinous crime.

"PTA has established a special cell which will monitor the activity over the internet and investigate those who upload these videos online," Haider revealed.

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Imran Haider further stated that his investigations into child abuse were facing hurdles because of the reluctance of the victims and their families to come forward and complain about such activities to the police on time.

"This is the reason why those arrested for their involvement in the pornography racket were nabbed with information provided to us by foreign intelligence through Interpol," he said.

"Most of those arrested so far are highly educated individuals and hold professional academic degrees," Haider added.


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