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Clashes between police and protesters escalate across Kasur

Clashes between police and protesters escalate across Kasur Clashes between police and protesters escalate across Kasur
Pablo Mccormick | 11 January, 2018, 21:14

Zainab Ansari disappeared last week while going to a nearby home for Quranic studies and her body was found in a Kasur waste-yard on Tuesday. "If the police would have acted immediately, the culprit would have been caught".

The chief minister also ordered an inquiry into the incident and paid a visit to the minor's house to express his condolence. The initial post-mortem report revealed that she had been raped multiple times and strangled to death.

Zainab's mother weeps while coming out of the Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

Responding to the bereaved father's appeal, Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the incident and directed military to support civil administration for arresting the culprits and "bringing them to exemplary justice", the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of Pakistani army, said in a statement.

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The police completely failed to handle this case properly.

The father further demanded that the perpetrator be "publicly punished".

"We provided them CCTV footage of the kidnapping incident to the police, but they did not pay much attention to it", Zainab's uncle said. He questioned why the government did not take any action when Zainab was missing for five days. "What has happened to Zainab should not happen to anyone else".

"It appears as if the kidnapper is a local who developed familiarity with Zainab to take her along, probably telling her that he would take her to her parents", he said. What a shameful day for us, Zainab's killers must not only be hanged, they should be given such exemplary punishment that people should remember the lessson for ever. "The DPO had a non-serious attitude", he said. Protesters broke into the DC office and pelted police with stones.

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The chief justice Lahore High Court has taken notice of the incident and summoned reports from the sessions court judge and police officials.

Zainab was the eighth minor to have been raped and murdered in Kasur in the past year, the official said.

A dramatic but unverified video on social media showed policemen firing directly at the protesters even as an unidentified person - believed to be a police officer - shouted at the personnel to fire in the air instead.

In a speech to thousands of mourners, he blamed the Punjab chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, for failing to "protect lives and honour of innocent girls" in the province. This was a heinous crime at its extreme. Those failing in their duties will be proceeded against.

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