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ISLAMABAD: DG Cyber Crimes Wing, FIA Capt (R) Muhammad Shoaib today said the Agency in collaboration with the police, had launched a country-wide action against criminal groups using social media networks and involved in child abuse cases.
Talking to private news channel, the DG FIA said, criminals involved in immoral acts with children mostly belonging to International criminal networks will be arrested soon. He highlighted that since the enactment of ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016’, the major chunk of cases reported to FIA are from Interpol or foreign Consulates and Embassies.
Muhammad Shoaib further stated that investigations into child abuse cases were facing hurdles in 2017 due to the reluctance of the victims or other social taboos from reporting such incidents in time. However, in the year 2018, we have registered more than 15 cases due to awareness among masses in the country, he mentioned.
The DG informed that he has ordered an inquiry into child abuse cases and constituted a team to arrest those involved in such crimes and circulating its videos online. “We also established a special cell which will monitor the activity over the internet and investigate those who upload these videos online,” he revealed. A large number of reports of child abuse cases surfacing from Punjab, Karachi and other regions certainly demand more coordinated and comprehensive investigation than what appears to be conducted by law enforcers. “Our investigation on abuse cases in Okara was still underway when reports of young girls being trafficked for prostitution broke out”, he said. He said that the suspect was arrested after being traced through his PTCL number and his IP address, adding that the accused, who had joined the social media group was arrested. Visual depictions include photographs, videos, digital or computer-generated images and videos that involve the documentation of an actual crime scene are then circulated for personal consumption, he told.
Capt (retd) Muhammad Shoaib explained that several children were raped, subjected to sexual abuse and all of it was filmed. On one hand, the abused children and their families, mostly from low-income groups were extorted for money while these videos were being distributed and sold. It is important to mention that such incidents are known to take place across the country, however, the highest number of cases are reported in Punjab, he added.
He emphasized that child abuse is a critical issue that we need to be discussing in schools and at home to give more awareness among masses through media and social media networks. “We want to remove misconceptions on the issue, equip children how to defend themselves and teach them how to say “No”, he mentioned.
He advised encouraging the children to speak up about evil by assuring them that there is nothing immoral about the topic. Child abuse awareness will be taught in the schools’ syllabus, said DG, adding that there is no option other than to make the subject a part of the syllabus.
He told children are being victimized as they don’t know what’s happening, they are not informed, they are innocent children and they can be exploited easily. It is compulsory to make child abuse awareness,” he remarked, adding that children using social media should be aware of this “highest form of bestiality.”
Muhammad Shoaib also said that FIA received a complaint from Spain regarding the involvement of a Pakistani citizen in an international child pornography ring.

 

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Sri Lanka Easter Massacre toll rises to 310

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COLOMBO: Police spokesman here told NPTV that Easter bombings death toll has risen to 310, while five hundred got injured. 

President of Sri Lanka has given army war-time powers enabling them to arrest suspects.  It is pertinent to mention here that the forces used such authority throughout the 26-year-long civil war that ended in 2009.

It is pertinent to mention here that despite the arrest of forty suspects (including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers), an IED was found inside a vehicle near St. Anthony’s Church, here at Jampettah Road, Kochchikade yesterday (Monday 22nd April). It was disposed of by BDU via controlled explosion. 

A relevant piece published earlier:

SriLanka: 8 suicide bombings killed 210, injured 450

 

 

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Sri Lanka bomb attack victims: Pak NA observes 1-minute silence

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National Assembly session commences

ISLAMABAD: The members of National Assembly on Monday during the session at the Parliament House observed one-minute silence in memory of the citizens of Sri Lanka who lost their lives in bomb attacks.
The house also offered fateha for the departed souls of those who were martyred in two separate attacks in different parts of Balochistan recently.
Later, Speaker National Assembly announced a six-member panel of chairpersons for conducting the proceedings of the house in the absence of Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
The Speaker named MNAs Tahir Sadiq, Jaffer Khan Leghari, Khurram Dastgir, Attaullah, Naveed Qamar and Asad Mehmood as members of the panel who would chair the proceedings of the House when the Speaker and Deputy Speaker would not be present in the house.
The Speaker announced the members for the panel according to section 13(1) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of National Assembly 2007.

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Sri Lanka Govt.. declares state of emergency

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COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities have ordered a state of emergency to be introduced from midnight Monday following the deadly Easter attacks, the president’s office said.
The special measures are being brought in “to allow the police and the three forces to ensure public security,” the statement said, referring to the army, navy and air force.

 

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