The high-level authority committee on Saturday presented Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif with an investigation report of what's being termed the largest child abuse scandal in the history of the country. The committee report said that at least six accused have been arrested while raids are being carried out for the arrest of the remaining three.
The committee comprised Additional Inspector General (IG) Arif Nawaz Khan and Commissioner Lahore Division Abdullah Sunbal. The committee has presented the investigation findings to the Chief Minister. Reportedly, as many as 400 videos of sexual abuse with at least 280 children belonging to a village near Depalpur Road, Kasur, have been discovered by the investigating authorities.
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif directed to immediately arrest the accused and made it clear that the culprits could not escape justice as per the law. NNI news agency claims that scandal, which has shocked the nation, has taken a new turn after police reported that the whole episode was orchestrated to occupy 19 acres of government land.
Police say that the scandal was the result of an old feud between Master Zafar and Sheerazi groups at Hussainwala village in Kasur district. District Police Official Rai Babar Saeed said that five members of the Sheerazi group, Haseem Amir, Feezan Majeed, Basharat Cheema, Ali Majeed and Abdul Manan, were under arrest while one was on bail.
He accused the Master Zafar group of putting pressure on its rivals for the sake of getting land. To a question, he said that only seven videos were authentic while 50 to 60 clips were downloaded from internet. He rejected claims that there were 285 videos of child abuse. "We have registered seven cases of sexual assault, harassment and blackmailing," Saeed said.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah backed the police version and urged media to display responsible journalism as the whole scandal was defaming Pakistan. He said that a land dispute was the main reason behind the scandal. Meanwhile, RPO Kasur admitted that some incidents of child abuse took place in Kasur over a period of seven years. To a question, he said that there were around 25 to 30 victims.