LHC seeks report on inclusion of ATA clauses
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday sought a report from Advocate General Punjab Naveed Rasool Mirza, Inspector General Police Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera and Home Secretary Punjab Azam Suleman to determine if the Kasur child abuse case can be tried in an antiterrorism court (ATC).
A petition filed by Advocate Aftab Ahmed Bajwa in the LHC on Monday was heard by LHC Chief Justice Manzoor Ahmed. The petition stated that since the case is of a serious nature, it should be tried in an ATC.
The report will describe what sections of the AntiTerrorism Act ? in particular, Section 7 of the ATA, "Punishment for acts of terrorism" ? are applicable to the case in order to decide whether the case can be tried in an ATC.
Police have contacted victims' families to inform them that Section 7/ATA has been included in the seven First Information Reports lodged against the accused. The LHC CJ ordered the SP Investigation and SHOs to present the report in a hearing which is scheduled to take place today. Reports of the sexual abuse of about 280 children have shocked the country. Most of the victims who are from Husain Khanwala village near Kasur are less than 14-years-old.
The victims were sexually abused and filmed by members of a gang. Their families had also been blackmailed by the gang since 2009. A property dispute allegedly brought the issue to the surface. Relatives of four more victims have come forward to register their complaints in the child abuse scandal.