LAHORE  - Punjab government on Sunday announced setting up of a judicial commission to investigate the alleged sex abuse of over 280 children in a Kasur village.

According to the handout issued by the Punjab govt, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the home department to request the Lahore High Court Chief Justice for immediately establishing an inquiry commission at the district and sessions judge level.

The announcement of the judicial probe came as a relief to the families of victims who were shocked on Saturday when an inquiry committee, in its report to the chief minister, dismissed allegations of child molestation as “baseless”.

The chief minister said the perpetrators of the incident will not be able to evade law and he assured that the government will provide justice to the victims at all costs.

Earlier on Sunday, the chief minister summoned an emergency meeting to discuss the child abuse case. The investigation officer concerned briefed him about the incident.A high powered committee consisting of Additional IG Operations and Commissioner lahore was constituted to submit report. The committee report highlighted that out of 15 nominated accused, 7 had been arrested, 6 were on interim bail and 2 had absconded. CM has asked police to arrest the remaining accused. He asked the admn and police not to spare anyone involved and ensure exemplary punishments to the accused.

The chief minister said the incident was highly condemnable and the culprits involved deserve maximum punishment. Shahbaz also issued instructions for immediate arrest of the remaining accused involved in the case.

Chief Secretary Khizar Hayat Gondal, Home Secretary, Additional Inspector General Operations, Commissioner Lahore Division and senior officers attended the meeting.