LAHORE - The Judicial Commission proposed to be set up on the request of the Punjab government on the Kasur kids’ abuse scandal is not likely to redress the grievances of the victims as fixing responsibility is generally beyond the domain of such a body.

Some senior lawyers say that findings of such a commission have no evidentiary value after the latest judgment of the Supreme Court over the matter of alleged rigging in General Elections 2013.

The commission is supposed to hold an inquiry into the country’s largest child abuse scandal after Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday directed the home department to write a letter to the chief justice of the Lahore High Court to constitute an inquiry commission over the incident.

Talking to the Nation on Sunday, SM Zafar said the commission’s report will not redress the grievances of the aggrieved people. He said such commissions only determine how an incident took place rather than investigating the matter.

He opined the government should constitute an inquiry committee instead of an inquiry commission to probe the incident of the sexual abuse. He further said that the constitution of a commission would only be a waste of time.

Quoting the UN Commission on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Zafar it had simply submitted its report that seven to eight  persons might be involved in the murder of the late prime minister, but it was not sure who were exactly involved in her murder.

Pakistan Bar Council member Burhan Muazzam Malik advocate said the government often formed commissions to cool down the sensitive matters like the child abuse in Kasur and gain some time to assure the people that the culprits would be brought to justice. “Time is a healing factor and the government does so to gain time to cool down the people, Burhan said. Human Rights activist Sheeba Qaisar advocate said the Chief Justice of Pakistan should take suo motu notice of the children’ sexual abuse in Kasur. She said it was a shocking incident and such inquiry commissions could do nothing instead of compiling a report which would have no evidentiary value. Advocate Azhar Siddique said the commission had no worth to bring the culprits to justice. The governments always involved judiciary in such matters to save them from the anger of people.

Former LBA president Rana Zia Abdur Rehman, who is an LHCBA presidential candidate, urged the Supreme Court of Pakistan chief justice to take suo motu notice of the most heinous incident in the country’s history. Condemning the incident in the strongest words, he said the culprits deserved an exemplary punishment.

Advocate Chaudhary Shoaib Saleem said the commission’s recommendations would not be taken seriously and the Punjab government would not publish its report if it exposed its failure to check this incident.

Moreover, the provincial government always writes letters to the Lahore High Court under Punjab Tribunal of Inquiries Ordinance 1969, which shows the commissions formed under it have limited powers to hold inquiries.