KASUR (Staff Report) – Senior Superintendent Police Nadeem Abbas on Sunday said that main culprits in child sex abuse scandal has confessed to sex assault of children and production of video clips.
Haseeb Amir is one of the seven culprits arrested by Kasur police, told SSP Investigation to reporters.
He further claimed to have identified as many as ten criminals through 30 video clips available with police authorities whereas a forensic test will also be carried out to verify the authenticity of these clips. All these findings will be presented to the court in next hearing, he said.
Meanwhile Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also ordered a judicial inquiry into the reports of Kasur’s child sex abuse scandal.
Earlier Punjab’s Child Protection Bureau disclosed country’s largest child pornography ring, in which 400 videos have been confiscated featuring more than 280 children being sexually exploited.
The Nation published the report of organised child sex exploitation, which has shocked the nation. According to the report, most of the victims were under 14 years of age. In one of the videos a six-year-old boy can be seen forced to perform sexual act, and a 10-year-old schoolgirl who was filmed being molested by a 14-year-old boy.
Thousands of copies of the sexual assault videos are believed to have been sold for Rs. 50 each in Hussain Khanwala village in Kasur district. According to the parents of the children, the gang members were in contact with pedophiles in western countries through Skype and would sell the videos overseas for large amounts of money.
According to our reporter, Shoaib Bhatti, the 3 villages namely Hussain Khanwala, Bagga, and Rohi Nala were under the control of a large child-porn gang that exported their content abroad. They barely sold their content in Pakistan. The whole scheme was being financed by two primary sources: extortion money from the victims and their families, and sales to foreigners over social media and Skype who would pay large amounts to sometimes watch these rapes live. Sales in local area was limited because it did not yield great profits. It is estimated that from extortion alone, they have earned Rupees 80 million.
Our reporter was also able procure a CD containing at least 280 clips of these barbaric acts from an ordinary villager.
District Police Officer (DPO) Kasur, Rai Babar Saeed said Saturday that they have recovered 60 to 70 video clips from which the perpetrators are being identified and action will immediately be taken against them. He further added that child sex abuse scandal is actually a ‘land dispute’ and those allegedly have been affected are exaggerating the facts.
However Punjab Home Minister, Shuja Khanzada, contradicted various statements by police officials in Kasur and confirmed that the incidents have in fact taken place albeit not in the numbers being portrayed in the media.
He went on to say that the case is indeed terrible and shameful, adding that no stone will be left unturned during investigations. He further said that every guilty criminal involved will be brought to justice.
According to another report, Editor-in-chief, The Nation, Rameeza Majid Nizami took to Twitter to expose the politician who protected the abusers.
Local MPA PMLN GandaSinghWala Malik Ahmad Saeed had allegations against main suspect of child abuse ring withdrawn. pic.twitter.com/W2swXuGVr4
— Rameeza Majid Nizami (@RameezaNizami) August 8, 2015
Many others on social media and TV channels have condemned the scandal and urged provincial government to try those behind this under terrorism law. PTI chairman Imran Khan has also announced to pursue the heinous incident of child abuse in parliament.