Punjab CM orders judicial inquiry into Kasur child porn scandal

Published: August 9, 2015
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A file photo of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: EXPRESS

A file photo of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordered on Sunday a judicial inquiry into the country’s biggest child pornography scandal in Kasur.

“I have ordered a judicial inquiry into the Kasur incident,” said the chief minister after holding a high-level meeting with police and the civil administration.

Shahbaz directed the Punjab home department to forward a request to the chief justice of the Lahore High Court for the constitution of a judicial commission to probe into the sickening child abuse.

Read: Police play down Kasur child porn scandal

The order comes a day after the country’s biggest child pornography scandal went viral on social media. A committee tasked to investigate the scandal submitted its report to the Punjab chief minister on Saturday.

The chief minister had claimed the perpetrators of the incident will not be able to evade law and assured the government will provide justice to the victims at all costs.

Earlier on Sunday, the chief minister had summoned an emergency meeting over the child abuse case. The investigation officer briefed the provincial chief minister regarding the incident.

At least seven accused have been arrested after around 280 children in remote villages in Kasur district were targeted in a criminal operation that began in 2006. According to details, a gang of 20 to 25 men had filmed as many as 400 videos of sexual abuse involving at least 280 children belonging to Hussain Khan Wala village.

Read: Eight members of Ganda Singh Wala pedophile group arrested: RPO

The acts of abuse were filmed and then sold to paedophiles on the internet and locally. The children who were targeted were reportedly blackmailed and coerced into stealing jewellery and money from their own homes. Families eventually learnt of the crime when several children confessed to their parents.

PTI calls for immediate actions

Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed condemned the sickening incident and called for immediate action in the case.

“On behalf of PTI and party chief Imran Khan, I demand that a judicial inquiry be conducted immediately and perpetrators of such crime should be tried in military courts,” Rasheed said, while speaking to the media.

Criticising the Punjab government, the leader of the opposition said the incident had exposed the Punjab chief minister and his claims of good governance.

Read: Human rights tragedy: Bilawal condemns Kasur child abuse

“There is no example of any incident of such kind in the country’s history,” he said. “Shahbaz Sharif should have been here the very first day of the incident but he is nowhere to find.”

Earlier upon his arrival in Kasur, Rasheed met with parents of the victims and assured them of his party’s support.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Abacus
    Aug 9, 2015 - 2:44PM

    Why don’t you people at least leave your children? What kind of next generation are we going to see in pakistan – half traumatised and the other half deviantsRecommend

  • raider
    Aug 9, 2015 - 2:58PM

    this cm has no moral authority to be a cm, peoples should fire this man, his history to order inquiry and let matter of great concerns be settled down to protect himself and his cronies has been norm and spanned a decade, plz leave us alone now Recommend

  • Ozair
    Aug 9, 2015 - 3:12PM

    As expected lets form a Judicial commission that will tell us nothing happened even though there is video evidence. Same happened with Election fraudRecommend

  • Atif
    Aug 9, 2015 - 3:22PM

    Shame on police and punjab government. Police is worthless. PML-N is full of corruption.Recommend

  • Malikpur Janderbari
    Aug 9, 2015 - 3:24PM

    must be trial in Military court…no use of judicial commission if our judiciary strong such incident will never happen but judiciary, police, administration they all are same… go for military court and must be tried under terrrosrim act!Recommend

  • Saud Bin Farooq
    Aug 9, 2015 - 3:58PM

    So… Now that the JC is being formed…. I won’t be surprised if it decides that this incident was a hoax to diminish the integrity of the respectful MPAs being implied as supporting the rapists… And also does anyone know what became of the Model town JC ??Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 9, 2015 - 4:01PM

    When the government wants to sweep the issue under the carpet it orders ‘ a judicial probe ‘ with terms of reference that ensures a zero result……..knowing this will take ages and by that time many more cases will surface to divert the peoples and MEDIAS attention.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Aug 9, 2015 - 4:30PM

    @Malikpur Janderbari:
    You are the only sane person here. JCs and the likes of Sanaullah and SS are mass murderers in Punjab. Ranjit Singh had a better administration than this bunch of cheats. Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Aug 9, 2015 - 4:32PM

    @Abacus:
    We only have deviants now. Just look at Sanaullah and SS!!! . Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Aug 9, 2015 - 4:44PM

    Its the right time to rename Kasur as Sodom and Lahore as Gomorrah where similar activities in Biblical times were going on. Its now Back to the Future. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Aug 9, 2015 - 4:52PM

    This is terrorism against children and should be tried as such in a military court.Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Aug 9, 2015 - 5:10PM

    Where is @Naan Siddiqi? Watching the sickening videos for pleasure?

    All deviants, all darbaris, all Naan League!Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Aug 9, 2015 - 7:19PM

    lol , another judicial inquiry, and the findings will be …. all the videos are fake and no such incident ever happened in the history.Recommend

  • Muhammad Jamshaid
    Aug 9, 2015 - 8:33PM

    after the partition we are still waiting automatically good governance which is not possible. there is a need that we elect the educated leaders in the election regime. our judiciary our police and every administrative authorities are corrupt, how can our society become clean and hope for justice. these bad activities are repeating again and again. respected perants avoid to assign the tasks their children. keep an eye on the bad peoples.Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 9, 2015 - 8:35PM

    People of Punjab have always humiliated us in front of the world. From burning houses of Christians, to gang-rapes, stoning-to-death of a pregnant woman in front of Lahore High Court, public-hanging and what not!Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 9, 2015 - 8:49PM

    The last thing that was left of humiliation for Pakistan in the world, was finally fulfilled by people of Punjab with this shameful and disgusting act.Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 9, 2015 - 8:54PM

    The last remaining honor of Pakistan was corrupted with this action from that unique province of Pakistan called ‘Punjab’ that always does things that make us look more devilish in the eyes of the world… from burning the houses of Christians, slaughtering of 100 children, gang-raping of women, public-hanging, public-torture-to-death to now ‘child p*rn scandal’. Shame really!Recommend

  • shahid
    Aug 9, 2015 - 10:13PM

    The only thing which commission needs to find out is how this CM and his brother, the PM, have been able to completely ruin the police department. Recommend

  • OBSERVER
    Aug 9, 2015 - 11:48PM

    Gen,Raheel Sharif should also pay attention to criminal activities in PunjabRecommend

  • Abu Mahad
    Aug 10, 2015 - 12:39AM

    No ifs, no buts, no bullshits. Case be registered under anti-terrorism sections and a speedy trial be made in military courts. This should be the real purpose of military courts. They should be given exemplary punishments. Or people will take law into their own hand and will make them an example on roads with mob lynching, just like it happens in India. The houses and properties of these criminals should be immediately burnt to ashes so that their names disappears from the village. THIS IS THE ONLY SOLUTION.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Aug 10, 2015 - 12:40AM

    If Cocaine Khan Niazi and his wife who will be PTI’s Zardari in the very near future decide to do a dharna against this grotesque crime, I would be the first one to join them. Let’s see if Niazi would do anything in the interest of public instead of his own petty little issues like not getting the opportunity to wear sherwani and becoming PM.Recommend

  • MJ
    Aug 10, 2015 - 2:01AM

    is he also going to punish party leaders and officials from PMLN who tried their best to bury this matter and threatened the people when they tried to register an FIR?Recommend

  • salman
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:08AM

    The whole thing shivers me . I have two daughters and i can imagine the immense pain. I wish no parents or child has to go through this ever. However while i am reading how govt is handling and how they are trying to sweep the whole matter away by making “fruitless” commission , some part of mine says that wish that could have happened to any elite’s child, and then they’ would have know how does a poor suffers. Recommend

  • salman
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:09AM

    The whole thing shivers me . I have two daughters and i can imagine the immense pain. I wish no parents or child has to go through this ever. However while i am reading how govt is handling and how they are trying to sweep the whole matter away by making “fruitless” commission , some part of mine says that wish that could have happened to any elite’s child, and then they’ would have know how does a poor suffers. Recommend

  • Aug 10, 2015 - 8:09AM

    Welcome to judicial commission but it should be used to investigate with intensions of stopping such crimes and not to lower the intensity of case to provide relief to culprits. In fact this case must be sent to military courts for speedy and just justice. Recommend

  • Lolz
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:29PM

    All the friends who reside in Punjab, keep paying tribute to the monstrous brothers and keep following them blindly until the evil infects your houses! Recommend

  • Asok
    Aug 11, 2015 - 6:43AM

    Just go trend #RapeyIndia on twitter. Problem solved.Recommend

  • Haris
    Aug 11, 2015 - 9:24AM

    The only solution is that the public should bring accountability to judiciary…… Protest in front of courts and their houses …continuous protest ! Let them fear the publicRecommend

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