Shah­baz or­ders ju­di­cial in­quiry in Ka­sur child abuse case

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Chief Min­is­ter Punjab Shah­baz Sharif on Sun­day or­dered a ju­di­cial in­quiry into the Ka­sur child abuse scan­dal. The CM di­rected the Punjab home depart­ment to re­quest the Chief Jus­tice La­hore High Court Jus­tice Man­zoor Ah­mad Ma­lik to im­me­di­ately form a com­mis­sion made up of dis­trict and ses­sions judges to con­duct the in­quiry, said a press re­lease is­sued by the Di­rec­torate-Gen­eral Public Re­la­tions, Punjab. "Those in­volved in the case will be se­verely pun­ished. They will not be able to es­cape their fate," he said, adding, "The af­fected fam­i­lies will be pro­vided with jus­tice at any cost."

A joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (JIT) was formed un­der the lead­er­ship of Com­mis­sioner La­hore Di­vi­sion Ab­dul­lah Khan Sumbal and Ad­di­tional In­spec­tor-Gen­eral Oper­a­tions Punjab Arif Nawaz Khan to in­ves­ti­gate the case. A re­port sub­mit­ted by the JIT states that six peo­ple have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the case, while three sus­pects are ab­scond­ing. Raids are be­ing con­ducted to cap­ture the flee­ing sus­pects.

Mean­while, Pak­istan Peo­ple's Party (PPP) on Sun­day sub­mit­ted a Call­ing At­ten­tion no­tice in the Na­tional Assem­bly ask­ing In­te­rior Min­is­ter to give ex­pla­na­tion to the House.

Ac­cord­ing to de­tails, the

no­tice was sub­mit­ted by PPP's Nafisa Shah, Shazia Marri, Im­ran Laghari among other lead­ers. The no­tice de­manded that the In­te­rior Min­is­ter ex­plain the House the is­sue bear­ing key im­por­tance among the peo­ple.

Mean­while, for­mer pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari took the no­tice of the in­ci­dent and sought re­port from the lead­ers be­long­ing to Punjab. Zar­dari also di­rected party lead­ers to raise the is­sue in the par­lia­ment. For­mer pres­i­dent said that cases of child abuse are a slap on the face of gov­ern­ment and so­ci­ety and crim­i­nals should be brought to jus­tice. Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf (PTI) leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed while speak­ing to the press on Sun­day said that his party would sub­mit a con­dem­na­tion res­o­lu­tion in the Punjab Assem­bly.

Rasheed said the PTI would hold protests against the scan­dal and will not rest un­til those re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent are brought to jus­tice. "This in­ci­dent is a fail­ure of the gov­ern­ment. There is no land dis­pute, that is a sep­a­rate mat­ter which has noth­ing to do with the sex­ual abuse of chil­dren." he said. "There should be a com­plete in­quiry into the in­ci­dent and the ju­di­cial com­mis­sion or­dered by the Chief Min­is­ter should ini­ti­ate its probe im­me­di­ately," he said, adding that the CM should also take note of in­tim­ida­tory tac­tics em­ployed by the po­lice in the area.

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