Pakistan

KASUR – Protests against the brutal killing of a seven-year-old girl after being raped on Thursday entered its second day amid grief in the air.

A large number of people are also protesting the killing of two person on Wednesday during aerial firing by police to disperse the protesters. However, the accused have not been traced by the police so far.

Innocent Zainab laid to rest amid tears, demand for justice

Zainab went missing five days prior to her body being found in a heap of garbage in Kasur. As per details, the girl was abducted near her home when she was on her way to Holy Quran class. An FIR was registered on January 4 by the victim’s uncle Muhammad Adnan as the girl’s parents were out of the country when she went missing. The FIR was registered at Sadar police station in Kasur. Her body was found on Tuesday night.

The demonstrators have blocked Kali Pul Chowk on Ferozepur Road, that links Lahore to Kasur, while schools and markets are also closed at different places in the city to mourn the inhuman act.

Meanwhile, Punjab Bar Council has also announced province-wide protest against the rape and killing of the minor girl.

Shehbaz Sharif’s Resolve

Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif early Thursday visited the family of innocent Zainab, who was brutally killed after rape, and assured them of swift and exemplary justice.

The chief minister reached Zainab’s house at 5am along with Punjab government spokesperson Malik Ahmed Khan and DPO Kasur to condole with the family. He offered ‘Fateha’ for the seven-year-old girl.

During the visit, Shehbaz Sharif vowed to bring the culprits to the justice, adding that he was himself monitoring the case.

Reward on Accused’s Arrest

The chief minister also announced Rs 10 million reward for providing information regarding the rapist-cum-murderer of the seven-year-old girl in Kasur.

According to media, the chief minister has ordered police to submit Challan in Zainab murder case within 24 hours, besides seeking details of other 12 such cases emerged in Kasur.

Shehbaz Sharif also announced Rs 3 million each for families of those who killed in police firing during the protest.