Pakistan has vowed to bring Kasur child abusers to justice. Federal Minister for Information Sen. Pervaiz Rashid said punishment would be severe.

Activist Latif Ahmed Sara said at least 280 children were sexually assaulted by 25 men. The suspects blackmailed the victims as well as their parents with the video clips. Police, on the other hand, claim to have recovered 50 video clips featuring 30 victims.

Rashid said in a statement Monday no civilized society could tolerate such “abominable and repulsive incidents,” Geo TV reported. He said it was particularly unacceptable in an Islamic country like Pakistan. 

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif earlier ordered a judicial inquiry, a move welcomed by Rashid. The information minister said he was confident the inquiry would identify the culprits.

Seven arrests have been made so far, the Pakistan Herald reported. Five appeared in court Monday as their interim bail had expired. SP Investigation Kasur Nadeem Abbas said police have identified 10 suspects from the seized video clips.

“We have recovered video clips from mobile phones confiscated from the accused, and have also confiscated memory cards and computers from the house allegedly used by the rapists,” Newsweek Pakistan reported, quoting Ghulam Abbas, the head of the police investigation unit in Kasur.

Abbas said some of the videos show a number of children consenting to sex with the suspects. Initial investigation, however, revealed some of the suspects had sexually abused teenage girls and boys, he said.