NOWSHERA: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai on Saturday visited the residence of eight-year-old Manahil who was killed after sexual abuse in Nowhsera on Friday.

Shaukat Yousafzai, who was accompanied by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mardan Region Muhammad Ali Gandapur, expressed sympathy with the bereaved family and said the victim family will be provided legal services by the KP government. The minister vowed to provide justice to the victim family as quickly as possible.

Mr Yousafzai mentioned that the provincial government was taking special steps to stop such incidents. He said the culprits involved in such heinous crimes should be hanged publicly. He said incidents of sexual abuse of children are a bigger menace than terrorism which will be tackled with a comprehensive strategy. He assured the bereaved family that culprits involved in the heinous act will be arrested soon.

DIG Gandapur said a special investigation team headed by the district police officer has been constituted to probe the incident. He said nine members have been included in the team who will work on separate tasks. He said investigation into the case is being carried out under scientific lines. However, the DIG said, no suspect has been arrested so far.

Eight-year-old Manahil went outside her home in Kalan area of Nowshera to attend the class of the Holy Quran to days ago, but did not return home. The principal of the religious seminary sent Manahil along with another girl to her daughter’s home to deliver some foodstuff, after which she went missing. The clueless family after extensive search for the girl failed to find her and lodged a report with police.

Manahil’s father Shah Said said police did not cooperate with him and the body of his daughter was found from the graveyard the next day. Police took the body to hospital where it was confirmed that she was killed after sexual abuse.

KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan took notice of the incident and directed Inspector General Police Salahuddin Mehsud to conduct a prompt investigation to bring the culprits to justice. The chief minister said the killers of an innocent child do not deserve any mercy and asked the police chief to utilise all available resources to arrest the culprits.

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