PM Imran vows ‘accountability for all’ over Kasur deaths – Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday, speaking about the death and alleged sexual assault of three children in Kasur, made it clear that there will be responsibility for everyone.

"Those who do not perform in the interest of the common man will be taken to the task," he said, and then listed the steps taken by the government and the Punjab police after the incident.

"The Kasur District Police Officer (DPO) is being removed; the investigation of SP Kasur surrendered, the accusation was prosecuted and proceeded against."

"DSP and SHO suspended. General review at the local Kasur police on the cards," he continued, adding that a formal investigation was ordered under an additional inspector general.

Chunian police recovered on Tuesday the bodies of three children, who appeared to have been killed after the rape, from the sand dunes near the Chunian bypass.

A wave of shock and terror seized Chunian when the police recovered the bodies. The locals suspected that a racket was behind the murder of minor children after the rape.

Earlier on Wednesday, protests broke out in Kasur with residents protesting child abductions and lack of police action. Protesters blocked roads in Chunian and burned tires while singing slogans against the police. Protesters also surrounded the Chunian police station while protesting the lack of arrests and kidnapping incidents of children.

In recent years, Kasur has been shaken by multiple incidents of abuse, rape and murder of children. In January 2018, Zainab Ansari, six, was found dead in a pile of garbage near Shahbaz Khan Road, five days after her disappearance. It was the twelfth incident of this type that occurred within a 10-kilometer radius in Kasur for a period of 12 months. His death had caused protests and outrage throughout the country.

The main suspect, Imran Ali, had been arrested on January 23, 2018, and on June 12 the Supreme Court rejected his appeal against the death sentence, noting that he had admitted to committing similar crimes with eight other minor victims. Ali was subsequently executed in October.

In 2015, the Hussain Khanwala village of Kasur attracted worldwide attention when a child pornography ring was stopped. Hundreds of video clips have emerged showing a gang forcing dozens of younger children to perform sexual acts and film them. The gang also used the videos to blackmail the children's families and extorted millions of cash and jewelry.



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