Seven-year-old Zainab’s rape, murder in Kasur shocks Pakistan

KASUR (Sarzameen News)- Parents of the minor girl,  who was allegedly raped before being killed in Kasur, arrived in their hometown on Wednesday evening and urged Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) to take notice of the incident,

Protests broke out in Kasur on Wednesday after reports that body of an eight years old minor girl, who went missing last week, has been found dumped in a trash pile.

Zainab was kidnapped six days ago from Road Kot when her parents left for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. The girl was strangled to death after being raped.

Police officers recovered her body from a garbage heap near Zaki Ada. Her funeral prayer was led by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahir-ul-Qadri and offered by flocks of people.

Talking to media, Tahir-ul-Qadri said that Zainab’s murder is humanity’s insult. He held Punjab government responsible for the mishap and said that the leaders have no right to stay in power now as they cannot secure the lives of the innocent people.

Suspect can be seen in the CCTV footage being examined by law enforcers. A shutter down strike was observed in the metropolis against the killing while enraged lawyers also boycotted judicial proceedings at district bar and urged to take action into the matter.

Bereaved father of the minor girl has vowed to not bury body of her daughter until the culprit is nabbed.

While talking to the media, he complained that the police did not cooperate with the family to find the missing girl. He said that neighbours and relatives continued search for late Zainab day in day out. The grieving father said that police did not shoulder their responsibilities.

Meanwhile, police officers resorted to aerial firing when violent protesters tried to storm commissioner office. The eyewitnesses said that two people have been killed while three other sustained severe wounds in the clash.

The injured have been shifted to the hospital for medical assistance whereas the security personnel are busy in dispersing the locals.

A First Investigation Report (FIR) has also been lodged against the assailants on the directives of Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shehbaz Sharif, who strongly condemned the heinous act and also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, enraged lawyers boycotted judicial proceedings at district bar in protest and demanded early action into the matter.

Chief Justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) Mansoor Ali Shah took notice of the incident and sought report from police officers and session judge in Kasur. He strongly denounced the mishap and announced to bring the culprits to justice at any cost.

While condemning the tragic incident, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa assured full support from the army to civil administration to arrest the criminals and bringing them to exemplary justice.

Many politicians, activists condemned the death of the young girl and urged to bring the culprits to justice in tweets that flooded Twitter.

It is to be mentioned here that as many as 12 children have been killed after rape in Kasur in one year whereas police officers have killed three people involved in such criminal activities.

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