Kasur child porn case: Amid nationwide outrage, PM vows to punish culprits

Published: August 10, 2015
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Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: As the nationwide outrage over a sickening child pornography scandal rose to a crescendo, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised on Sunday ‘exemplary punishment’ for the culprits, while his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, ordered a judicial inquiry into what is being called on social media a national shame.

Ironically, only a day earlier Sheikhupura’s Regional Police Officer Shehzad Sultan had sought to defend the police and to downplay the child abuse scandal. According to details, a gang of 20 to 25 men had allegedly filmed as many as 400 videos of sexual abuse involving at least 280 children belonging to Hussain Khan Wala village in Kasur.

Read: Eight members of Ganda Singh Wala pedophile group arrested

Premier Nawaz expressed displeasure over the scandal and vowed that the offenders would be awarded exemplary punishment. “The accused will not be spared any punishment,” he said in a statement. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also ordered a judicial inquiry into the case.

The chief minister directed the Home Department to immediately request Lahore High Court Chief Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik to form a commission consisting of district and sessions judges to conduct the inquiry. “Those involved in the case will be severely punished. They will not be able to escape their fate,” he said. “The affected families will be provided with justice at any cost.”

On Saturday, a high-level committee presented to the chief minister the investigation report of case which said that the police have rounded up at least seven accused while a manhunt was under way for the rest. The chief minister was told that the police had acquired remand of the accused. He added that the Kasur child abuse scandal was highly condemnable and the culprits deserved maximum punishment.

Meanwhile, the police said that they have arrested another accused involved in the scandal. SP Investigation Syed Nadeem Abbas said all the accused have confessed to forcing children into sex and then filming the act. “We have recovered CDs of porn videos, cellphones and memory cards from the accused,” he added. “The scope of investigation will be widened.”

On Saturday, RPO Shehzad Sultan disputed the claim that 280 children were sexually abused on tape. “Eight cases had been registered against 15 accused on eight complaints within the month of July,” he told a news conference.

He said the scandal first surfaced in June, prompting a police team to visit the village. The team made announcements on the loudspeakers of the local mosque, asking villagers to come forward and lodge their complaints, if they have any. “Despite several announcements only eight complainants came forward,” he added. “Had there been 280 cases [of child abuse], there would have been a deluge of complainants.”

Siraj asks CJ to take suo moto

The sickening scandal which went viral on social media has triggered a nationwide outrage with politicians calling for action against the culprits. Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq travelled to Hussain Khan Wala village on Sunday where he appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the scandal.

Read: A dangerous place for children

“An inquiry into the matter should be conducted at full speed and the culprits involved in this heinous crime be tried in military courts on terrorism charges,” he said. “There could not be a greater act of terrorism than abuse of minor children and forcing the parents to pay extortion.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (11)

  • salman
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:11AM

    Yeah like every other commission ? 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

  • Muhammad
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:21AM

    Didn’t Rana Sanullah say there was nothing doing. The Punjab police have been appointed to protect the Sharifs not to protect the public. Recommend

  • Aug 10, 2015 - 9:52AM

    Mr. PM, Sir, you have vowed and Wowed many times before but nothing except silence ever emerges. ESTABLISH MILITARY COURTS.
    This is your THIRD stint as Prime Minister…….it’s time you did something right and not build highways, metros, and make overseas trips to hide your shortcomings at home. BUILD KALABAGH DAM. Good luck, Godspeed, and SalamsRecommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:49AM

    ……..this case will receive the same justice given to the Model Town affair ……..history repeats itself every time in such cases.Recommend

  • vicktor d'souza
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:52AM

    @salman: Horrible and despicable as it is,
    have you considered that possibility that a certain % of these indignant parents may have actually sold one or more of their kids to this gang and are now claiming they were extorted and blackmailed ? If that is later revealed then those parents should also face exemplary punishment as well.Recommend

  • oz
    Aug 10, 2015 - 11:06AM

    I have lost my confidence in Nawaz Sharif and PMLNRecommend

  • Aug 10, 2015 - 11:11AM

    Expected Judicial Commission Report
    SINCE THERE IS NO SYSTEMATIC EVIDENCE OF CHILD ABUSE HENCE THERE IS NO CRIME !
    Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 10, 2015 - 2:10PM

    ….years ago he vowed to finish load shedding.Recommend

  • Imran
    Aug 10, 2015 - 3:41PM

    @Parvez:
    There has been no justice for No justice for the Famillies of Model town victims. Let us Fight Against Corrupt Judicial System Of Pakistan together.Recommend

  • xyz
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:23PM

    I think this problem will be solved if we blame India, Israel,Papua New guinea and NigeriaRecommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:59PM

    If Delhi is capital of [email protected], according to many Pakistanis posts, then Pakistani Punjab or Kasur is capital of what?

    This was going on since 2006 and no one took notice of it? This heinous crime predates the grooming of minor white girls (under 15) by Pakistani origin adults in England for which 13 Pakistani-origin males have been found guilty. Google it and confirm the facts.Recommend

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