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Pakistani father of slain girl blames police for slow action

"The total degeneration of the Punjab police was apparent once again today
Melinda Barton | 11 January, 2018, 09:31

Two people were killed and an equal number injured as enraged protesters stormed the Deputy Commissioner's office in Kasur with sticks and stones.

Kasur, located in Punjab province near the border with India, had been tense after the girl disappeared on January 4 while on her way home from a tuition centre. Her body was recovered from a heap of trash on Tuesday and sent to the District Headquarters Hospital for an autopsy. He also said that police officials involved in firing on unarmed protesters have been arrested. No one has yet been arrested, although pictures were circulating on social media showing a bearded man hand in hand in Zainab.

While taking the notice, the CJP has directed IG Punjab to submit within 24 hours a report about the incident and subsequent death of protestors in police firing. Protestors shouted slogans against the police and local parliamentarians. Traders shut their shop and staged a demonstration, according to Dawn.

Meanwhile, people on social media raised their voice against the incident and demanded swift justice for the culprits, as #JusticeForZainab became the top trend on Twitter.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he will not rest until the culprits are brought to justice.

Zainab's family told local media they believe police failed to adequately respond after they reported their daughter missing on January 4. "The incidents of this nature are very serious, the worst kind of child abuse, heinous crime and it is unbearable", he said, adding, "It is a shameful act and a stigma on the face of our nation and it seems there is no rule of law in the country".

Much of the anger was directed Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Inspector General of Police who they claimed had failed to act on dozens of cases of children being raped and murdered in the Kasur district of the province.

They say five of them are linked to one suspect who is being hunted by hundreds of officers and DNA samples have been taken from 90 possible suspects.

A month before Zainab's disappearance, a nine-year-old girl disappeared from Kasur's city center. He wrote: "Deeply pained about murder of. girl in a child molestation case".

Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and champion for female education, tweeted Wednesday she was "heartbroken" about Zainab's tragic fate and demanded action against the killer. Gov and the concerned authorities must take action.