Kasur scandal bigger than APS massacre: K-P Assembly

Published: August 11, 2015
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Villagers gather at a house after the authorities announced a judicial inquiry into a massive child abuse scandal in Hussain Khanwala village, some 55 kms southwest of Lahore on August 9, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Villagers gather at a house after the authorities announced a judicial inquiry into a massive child abuse scandal in Hussain Khanwala village, some 55 kms southwest of Lahore on August 9, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passed a joint resolution against the Kasur child sexual abuse scandal in Punjab and termed the incident more harrowing than the Army Public School massacre.

Lawmakers demanded the federal government to serve exemplary punishment to perpetrators during the assembly proceedings on Monday. The resolution was tabled by Pakistan Peoples Party lawmaker Nighat Orakzai and received widespread support from opposition and treasury members.

Read: Families accuse police of turning blind eye

Orakzai then proceeded with criticising Peshawar Electric Supply Company for conducting prolonged power outages across the province. Most members of the house, including Speaker Asad Qaiser, agreed with her and spoke about the “injustices committed by the federal government and the Water and Power Development Authority.”

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, who usually delivers fiery speeches on the subject, was relatively calm possibly due to the violent protests in various parts of the province where mobs torched Pesco offices, inflicting hefty losses on the company. “Power theft in certain areas is causing the whole province to suffer,” Khattak said. He added K-P’s daily share in the national grid is 13.7% but it has been receiving only 10% since 2008.

Some lawmakers, including Qaumi Watan Party’s Bakht Baidar Khan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s Munawar Khan suggested the house to protest at the Tarbela Dam against the injustice so that the people know their leaders stand with them.

Minister for Public Health Engineering Shah Farman was also critical of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and said such treatment is bound to ignite hatred among the people.

Read: Police play down Kasur child porn scandal

“PML-N is pushing Pakistan on the brink of breaking off into pieces.” Minister for Local Government Inayatullah Khan said cabi net members and local MPAs are at the receiving end of public outrage. Awami National Party leader Sardar Hussain Babak urged all parties to unite for the cause of the province.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2015. 

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  • Aug 11, 2015 - 9:00AM

    Sham on Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly you can’t compare APS Massacre with Kasur Child Abuse Scandal, APS is biggest massacre… Recommend

  • Sami
    Aug 11, 2015 - 9:45AM

    Most of people in Kasur are originally from India’s part of Punjab. Their parents and grandparents migrated to Kasur from India Punjab during partition. These people do not represent native Punjabi Pakistanis. Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 11, 2015 - 9:51AM

    Doing politics on murders and rapes of children. Horrible! Why should we even be comparing the two incidents. Both are absolutely dreadful chapters in Pakistan’s history. Recommend

  • Doctor
    Aug 11, 2015 - 10:24AM

    We should not be comparing both the incidents. Both are horrible and heart wrenching incidents.
    @Sami: I think its time for us to wake up as a nation. we should be united as a nation and we all should be Pakistani first. Indian Punjabi who migrated to Pakistan are devoted Pakistanis as well and i held them in very high esteem just like my other Pakistani brothers and sisters. Its time for us to be united as nation and get rid of the filths in our society. Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Aug 11, 2015 - 10:54AM

    There’s no doubt that PTI is more loyal to TTP than Pakistan. There’s absolutely no comparison between the two sad tragedies. Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 11, 2015 - 10:57AM

    @Sami:

    No wonder why Altaf Hussain still prefers to call himself “Muhajir”Recommend

  • F Khan
    Aug 11, 2015 - 11:11AM

    I doubt the mental health of the KPK assembly members for comparing APS with kasur scandal.Dirty political point scoring.Look how low PTI has stooped. Recommend

  • Fyza Javed
    Aug 11, 2015 - 12:35PM

    @sami
    my grand parents belonged to India and migrated to Pakistan, they left everything, big business, houses and assets for this pakistan. in other words, they sacrificed alot for pakistan and ideologically pakistan was formed for those who were suffering with the atrocities of hindus. people who were living in Punjab or any other part of the country what they did for them??? still you are differentiating all by saying mahajir and locals… please grow up. don’t politicize it, its a matter of our kids future. Recommend

  • Khan
    Aug 11, 2015 - 1:16PM

    Child sexual abuse is a harsh reality of develop and non-develop societies. Any law makers of societies can make such arrangements which can control and minimise child abuses but rooting it out completely is not possible i guess.Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 11, 2015 - 3:09PM

    PTI members of KPK assembly and their leaders in Islamabad should urgently consult a psychiatrist, nobody could be so sick to compare the two dreadful incidents. Clearly PTI is a Taliban apologist party,after Bannu jail break too they were coming up with illogical and stupid excuses to divert attention from their failures. Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Aug 11, 2015 - 4:43PM

    Apparently there are a few commentators on this site who don’t bother to read below the headline before commenting, and not surprisingly they are here to find reasons to comment against PTI, mostly ending up making fools out of themselves. Here is what the first paragraph of the article says:
    “The resolution was tabled by Pakistan Peoples Party lawmaker Nighat Orakzai and received widespread support from opposition and treasury members.”Recommend

  • straightshooter
    Aug 11, 2015 - 5:54PM

    Who are the KPK legislators to compare the gravity of either tragedy? What gave any one of them the authority to pass judgement here? How dare they measure the anguish known only to a parent? Did any legislator lose a child to the APS massacre? Was any legislator’s child sodomized in Kasur? They would do well to just shut up and perhaps light a candle. Recommend

  • Yakoob
    Aug 11, 2015 - 6:20PM

    All is huff and puff regarding the Kasur Child Scandal. Many statements will be made, all wanting to milk the story for their own ends.
    This will carry on as before. Pakistan is one of a few countries whose Politicians and establishment are so busy acquiring Designer wear. If a Leader of a western country is seen flaunting icons of decadence there will be an out roar. All show, false ego and a parade of grandiosity. Such people solve nothing and will solve nothing. Shame on the SHAMELESS. Recommend

  • Javed
    Aug 11, 2015 - 7:50PM

    PTI is right this time. APS has more shock value but Kasur has exposed the rotten which is far more dangerous for Pakistani society.Recommend

  • Aug 11, 2015 - 7:52PM

    Finally, a good move by the KP assembly. Otherwise Punjabi ministers think its ‘nothing’, routine as usualRecommend

  • noreen Shafqat
    Aug 11, 2015 - 10:31PM

    So, all the KP elected hooligans can think of is’your horrors are worse than my horrors’. Shame on them for point scoring over dead and abused children. Does it matter what’s bigger? Its deathly shame on each one of these elected good for nothings whether they be from Punjab or Kp. The Sind and Baluch assemblues have their own Halls of Shame lined with their misdeeds so better than theykeep their sick mouths shut. Recommend

  • Fuad
    Aug 11, 2015 - 11:18PM

    And what has KPK assembly done about the sodomy being committed in madrassas for the past few decades?Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 12, 2015 - 3:00AM

    What nonsense? Comparison between these two incidents is stupid and disgusting.Recommend

  • faisal
    Aug 12, 2015 - 3:04AM

    Law and order is a provincial matter. KPK assembly has no jurisdiction to comment or pass resolution on other province’s local law enforcement. As for electricity KPK doesn’t pay bills so shouldn’t complain abut load shedding. The dams in KPK are federal and made with federal money so they belong to all provinces. By opposing KBD KPK is harming Pakistan and KPK’s development. Even PTI would do this, I never thought possible.Recommend

  • ivehadit
    Aug 12, 2015 - 3:31AM

    Sounds like a race to the bottom!Recommend

  • MAQ
    Aug 12, 2015 - 4:05PM

    Unnecessary statement by K-P assembly. Why there is any need to compare the both incidents. Recommend

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