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Police Recovers 100,000 Images of Kids from Child Rapist Sohail Ayaz’s Computer

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100,000 images of kids recovered from child rapist Sohail Ayaz’s computer, FIA asked to probe his appointment

Islamabad police have recovered nearly 100,000 photographs of children from convicted child rapist and pornographer Sohail Ayaz’s computer, Geo News reported.

This is the latest development in the child pornography case that shook the entire nation last month after Sohail was arrested from Rawalpindi and confessed to sexually assaulting 30 children and live streaming videos of abuse on the dark web.

Faisal Khan, the senior superintendent of police (SSP) for Rawalpindi, briefed the elected politicians about this development in a meeting of the Standing Committee on Information technology and Telecommunication chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid.

Faisal Khan also reported that Sohail Ayaz’s DNA was matched with that of one of the minor rape survivors and added that around 100,000 images of kids were recovered from his computer. Moreover, a drug test report of the rapist and the minor survivors also came out positive.

On this occasion, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairperson informed the Committee that around 800,000 child pornography websites in the country had been blocked.

FIA asked to probe Sohail Ayaz’s Appointment

Senator Kalsoom Perveen expressed concerned that the action was not taken in a timely manner and suggested that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) should work with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to resolve this issue.

According to Geo News, the Committee, consequently, recommended setting up a joint investigation team to probe the Sohail Ayaz child pornography case, with Senator Khalid suggesting a law should be set up to allow the FIA’s Cybercrime Wing to take suo moto notice over such incidents.

Recommending a change in the relevant law and that pertaining to the registration of complaints with the FIA, the Committee requested the agency to present a proposed amendment.

Sohail Ayaz’s Arrest Had Raised Questions on Authorities

In November, Sohail Ayaz was arrested from Rawalpindi’s Rawat area and confessed to his crimes. He was the leader of an international child rapist gang and has served jail sentences in the United Kingdom and Italy and later, he was deported to Pakistan in 2009.

Despite his criminal background, Sohail Ayaz was working as a consultant for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governance and Policy Project with a salary of Rs. 300,000 and other benefits from the last two years and this raised many questions on authorities who hired him.

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