NA session likely to witness heated debate over Kasur tragedy


KARACHI: A session of the National Assembly, set to start at 10:30 am today, is likely to bring under heated discussion the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kasur which sent shockwaves across the country this week.

The relevant minister will brief the House about the progress made so far to arrest the culprit(s), who raped and murdered seven-year-old girl Zainab before dumping her body in a pile of garbage – in yet another heinous incident of its nature that triggered protests countrywide as enraged crowds demanded justice.

Among the agenda of the House are the passage of COMSATS University Islamabad Bill, 2017 and the Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The opposition is also expected to continue its protest against the delay in tabling of the FATA reforms bill in the house.

Opposition parties, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami, as well as the civil society have strongly condemned the tragedy and demanded exemplary punishment for the suspect(s).

PTI chairman Imran Khan came down hard on the provincial government over the incident.

“The parents of the seven-year-old Zainab are also demanding justice from the army chief and chief justice, not the Punjab police and provincial government. The police which is supposed to protect people is busy protecting one family,” said Imran.

PAT chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri demanded the suspension of Punjab law minister and inspector general of police over the incident. “The IGP, law minister, and home secretary should be suspended with immediate effect,” he said, adding that the chief minister should also be summoned and suspended.

Chairman of PPP Central Punjab Qamar Zaman Kaira also expressed deep regret over the rape and murder and the killing of two protestors on Wednesday.

According to the Punjab government, this is the 12th such incident reported from Kasur.