Rape, murder of 7-year-old girl spark outrage in Pakistan

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She is the sixth child to have been abducted, raped and murdered in the city of Kasur in the past year, and local police believe that the killings may have one perpetrator.

Two people were killed by gunshot wounds as enraged protesters armed with sticks and stones attempted to storm the deputy commissioner's office and clashed with police. The protesters were dispersed by the police through aerial firing which resulted several injured and 2 dead.

"I have appealed to the army chief and the chief justice of Pakistan to give me justice as I have no faith in the Punjab government and police", he said. "We just want justice for Zainab", a protester was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. "I don't know why the police opened fire".

The murder of an eight-year-old girl in Pakistan has been followed by outrage that police are not doing enough to find her killer.

According to a report in The Times of India, Samaa TV presenter Kiran Naz hosted a news bulletin with her daughter and delivered a statement on the events following the alleged abduction, rape and killing of Zainab Ansari.

The family registered a missing complaint after the girl did not return home till late night.

Zainab, who lived in the city of Kasur in Punjab province, was kidnapped by a mysterious man on January 5 on her way to a tuition center, CCTV footage showed. The girl's body was found dumped in a rubbish heap on Tuesday (9 January).

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"Ten incidents of minors' rape and murders had been reported in Kasur and eleven in Sheikhupura alone previous year".

Meanwhile, funeral prayers of Zainab was offered in Kasur in which a large number of people including Chairman Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri participated.

Cops, however, have sought to reject the criticism. Reports say that a video has emerged of her walking hand-in-hand with a stranger and police are verifying the footage.

On Wednesday, the protestors vandalised public property and cars in the area. Regional police officer Zulfiqar Hameed told Reuters that arrests had been made and the case of Zainab would soon be solved. "Shocked, Disgusted and feeling sick to the core!"

Lack of justice, police inaction and even corruption is nothing new in Pakistan. Gen. Asif Ghafoor tweet: "COAS condemns the cold-blooded murder of innocent Zainab".

'This is not the first time such horrific acts have happened.

Pakistani politician and ex-international cricket player Imran Khan also condemned the incident and said that the guilty must be punished "swiftly".