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National Assembly to discuss scandal today

The National Assembly would discuss Kasur child abuse scandal on Monday (today), as members of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) have submitted a calling attention notice to assembly secretariat. The PPP members have demanded of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to take cognisance of the scandal and brief National Assembly about it.

A heated debate on the scandal is expected in the assembly today, as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan also promised to take up the issue in the assembly. "I am going to attend the National Assembly session on Monday and will talk about the child sexual abuse scandal too," he said while addressing a public gathering in Haripur.

The scandal surfaced in the national media after police tried to hush it up. Media has reported that as many as 280 children of different ages have been sexually abused and filmed.

The scandal has shocked almost every segment of the society as this is being termed as "the biggest ever" child abuse scandal of Pakistan history.

Punjab government has, however, still been trying to cover up the scandal, saying it is all about property dispute between two parties in the area.

Talking to Business Recorder, a PPP member said that the incident has jolted the whole nation and this must be discussed immediately in the National Assembly. "People and legislators should be informed about the scandal and culprits be brought to justice," he said.

He said that the PPP would take up the issue on floor of the assembly on Monday and seek its details from the interior ministry. "We know the interior ministry may refer the matter to Punjab Assembly but it is our job to raise the issue at the national level too," he said.

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