Pakistani protesters demand action after rape, murder of 7-year-old girl

Violet Powell
January 13, 2018

The protesters pelted stone at the police station, offices of district police officer and district coordination officer in Kasur as the city observed a complete shutter down to protest against the brutal murder. "We want justice. We want the culprit to be brought in front of us".

The PPP leader said law and order situation in Punjab were deteriorating while lives of innocent children weren't safe in the province.

Zainab's body was discovered some 2km away from her home by passers-by on Tuesday, 9 January, five days after she was kidnapped on 4 January. "In the previous incidents, the forensic evidence also determines it and the modus operandi of carrying out such acts also determines it", spokesperson of Punjab province - where Kasur is located - Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan told reporters.

Police in Kasur say there have been 12 similar murders in the past two years. A senior police official told AFP hundreds were protesting the killing, which also prompted a deluge of outrage on social media.

Up to 20 people have been arrested over Zainab's murder "but the investigators have been unable to find any clue so far" Mr Sajid said.

Her parents had gone to Saudi Arabia on a religious pilgrimage.

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The chief minister ordered that the charge-sheet for the case should be presented in court within 24 hours. What is missing from the discussion is the larger issue of child protection in Pakistan. Since then, protests have erupted across the country demanding justice for her.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai wrote that she was "heartbroken to hear about Zainab", adding: 'This has to stop.

Protesters took to the streets to demand action from the government. He said it could not be ruled out that the murders involved a serial killer. Can our agencies and authorities capture him?', he tweeted. Can we do something to protect our children?'

Her funeral prayer was led by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahir-ul-Qadri and offered by flocks of people.

Saeed Ghani said that the Punjab government has failed to arrest the culprits and is just criticising its political opponents.

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