Punjab CM visits Zainab's bereaved family in Kasur

Punjab CM visits Zainab's bereaved family in Kasur

The two protesters were killed after police shot at an angry crowd attempting to storm a police headquarters in Kasur, about 20km (12 miles) south of Lahore.

Zainab was last known to have attended a tuition centre near her house in the Road Kot area last Thursday on January 4, after which she was allegedly abducted.

Pakistan cricket player Shadab Khan said, "My heart goes out to Zainab and her family". Her body was found on Tuesday by the police. In the past year, there have been at least 12 such reported incidents in that region, Reuters reports.

Imran said the total degeneration of the Punjab Police was apparent once again in Kasur when they opened fire on the unarmed protesters who were raising their voice against the horrific incident.

The footage showing a girl being led by the hand by a man was circulated widely on social media. Committee Chairman Rehman Malik called the incident unforgivable and ordered that the Punjab police submit a report on the matter within the next five days. Traders shut their shop and staged a demonstration, according to Dawn.

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The case also triggered extreme criticism on social media as hundreds of thousands of people - including celebrities, activists and politicians - used the hashtag #JusticeForZainab to condemn the horrific incident of violence and demand action.

Zainab's family told local media they believe police failed to adequately respond after they reported their daughter missing on January 4. "My relatives and neighbours told me that the police used to come, have food and leave", he told local media. "Punjab government must take immediate action and bring culprits to justice", tweeted another Pakistan journalist Salman Masood. The perpetrators also sold videos of the abuse.

This is what happens when you let punjab police murder innocent people in model town and no one is held accountable."Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari tweeted: "She was only 7 years old!" "Investigations reveal that in each case a paedophile kidnaps little girls, rapes them and kills them", regional police officer Zulfiqar Hameed said. "We will catch him very soon", he said, adding that 95 DNA samples had been taken from suspects.

Nobel Peace prize victor and activist for girls right to education, Malala Yousafzai demanded that the government take action.

A month before Zainab's disappearance, a nine-year-old girl disappeared from Kasur's city center.

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