LAHORE – The provincial government has decided to deploy Rangers troops following deadly protests in Punjab’s Kasur district over the kidnapping, rape, and murder of a seven-year-old girl.
“Two rangers companies will take control of the situation in Lahore,” Lahore’s Commissioner Abdullah Khan Sumbal was quoted by a private TV channel as saying.
At least two people have been killed and scores injured after police resorted to aerial firing to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who stormed the DC Office on Wednesday.
Zainab, 7, was raped and killed in Kasur, days after she went missing from home. The victim’s parents, who were performing Umrah, reached Islamabad an hour after their daughter’s funeral – led by PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri – in Kasur.
Speaking to the media, Zainab’s father said, “In Pakistan, security is only for leaders and we are just common insects.” He further stated the police did nothing when they were informed about her abduction, and said Zainab was a loving child who had a keen interest in religion. “She knew the five Islamic kalmas by heart.”
The parents also pleaded to the CJP to take suo moto notice of their daughter’s case, also appealing to Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa for justice.
COAS condemns cold blooded murder of innocent Zainab. Responding to appeal by the aggrieved parents to COAS, directs immediate all out support to civil administration to arrest the criminals and bringing them to exemplary justice.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) January 10, 2018
“We will not bury our daughter until justice is served,” the child’s father said.
Her parents would reach Lahore in the evening.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on Wednesday took notice of the minor girl’s killing. He also sought a report of the incident from Kasur’s district and session judge over the issue.
Zainab went missing five days prior to her body being found in a heap of garbage. 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.
After the incident, police sent the dead body to a hospital for postmortem. Initial reports revealed that the girl was raped multiple times.