Punjab CM announces Rs10mn for culprit’s identification

LAHORE (Sarzameen News)- Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday vowed that justice will be served in Zainab murder case and announced a reward of ten million rupees for the culprit’s identification.

The chief minister headed a session of the Cabinet Committee on Law and Order in which provincial ministers, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) and other relevant persons were present.

Initial reports regarding the Kasur incident were submitted in the meeting, and Shehbaz Sharif ordered to present case challan within 24 hours after arresting the offender.

The CM directed to install CCTV cameras in Kasur immediately under the Safe City Project. He also expressed grief over the demise of two protesters as a result of police’s firing, and announced three million rupees each for their families.

Zainab was kidnapped seven days ago from Road Kot when her parents left for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. The girl was strangled to death after being raped, according to initial reports. Police officers recovered Zainab’s body from a garbage heap near Zaki Ada.

Shehbaz Sharif has directed Regional Police Officer (RPO) Sheikhupura to arrest the culprit behind brutal killing of seven-year-old girl Zainab after rape, in 24 hours.

Expressing resentment over RPO’s slow investigation, the minister ordered to submit challan of the case in the court and launch proper judicial proceedings against the suspect.

Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif reached the house of seven-year-old Zainab and assured the bereaved family of provision of justice in the case.

The spokesman for Punjab government, Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan and top police officials also accompanied CM Shehbaz during the visit.

While briefing CM Shehbaz Sharif during his visit to Zainab’s house, Newly-appointed District Police Officer (DPO) Kasur Zahid Khan Marwat said that two suspicious people have been detained whereas a case against 16 people has also been lodged.

He continued that investigation from three policemen man, who resorted to aerial firing at protesters that killed two people, is underway.

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.

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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