LAHORE - Four men have been held on suspicion of sexually abusing and killing a 13-year-old boy in Ghaziabad, police said on Tuesday.

CIA SP Mian Shafqat told the media that a case was lodged at Ghaziabad Police Station against the suspects, who have been identified as Umair, Saif, Amir and Bilal.

Slain Ali Raza was the only brother of six sisters. Shafqat said the suspects have also confessed to molesting and killing another child.

The arrest comes following the shocking scandal of child abuse in Kasur district of Punjab. Hundreds of children were subjected to sexual abuse and filmed between 2006 and 2014 in Kasur. They were also blackmailed for years by the alleged culprits, most them are in police custody now.

An alleged paedophile earlier in July had also confessed in custody of the CIA to have raped 15 minor girls in Lahore.

Taking notice of the news, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has sought a report from CCPO Lahore. The chief minister expressed deepest sympathies and condolences with the bereaved family. He vowed the accused involved in the heartrending incident would not escape deterrent punishment. “Justice will be ensured at every cost,” the CM promised.

Govt under fire: PTI central organiser Shah Mahmood Qureshi has asked the Punjab government to clarify its position on Kasur incident whether it was helping the victims or trying to suppress the issue.

“People of Hussain Wala village have doubts on Punjab government’s intention in light of its track record,” he said while addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Tuesday.

Qureshi, along with the other leadership of PTI, condemned the incident and termed it a human tragedy. Since the judiciary does not want to get involved in the issue, the former foreign minister held now it was the responsibility of the provincial government to bring the facts before the public and award exemplary punishment to the culprits.

The PTI leader also expressed solidarity with minorities, saying the present and past government had not given due rights to the minorities as per the vision of the Quaid e Azam. He vowed PTI, after coming into power, would implement Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision in letter of spirit and would fully protect the rights of the minorities.

He also expressed concern over the migration of Hindu families of Sindh to India while the Christian community was moving to Europe and other countries that, according to Qureshi, was reflecting failure of provincial and federal government.

“The PML-N government, through Local Government Ordinance, tried to give the status of second grade citizen to the minorities which is absolutely unacceptable,” stated Qureshi.

“PTI will challenge this Ordinance in the court and wouldn’t let anyone to snub the rights of minorities,” he added.

To a question, he condemned the statements of Altaf Hussein against armed forces besides urging Nawaz government to take a clear stand over the MQM chief’s remarks.