Two die in protests after girl, 8, raped and murdered in Pakistan
Jan 11 2018 by Desiree Burns
A mob angered over the recent rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl attacked a police station and a nearby government building in Punjab province of Pakistan on Wednesday, triggering clashes that left at least two people dead and several injured, police said.
Speaking at Islamabad airport as he arrived back in the country, her father Ameen Ansari said, as his wife sobbed: "We will not bury Zainab until the killer is caught".
The violence erupted in the city of Kasur hours before the funeral of Zainab and shopkeepers in the city closed their premises in support.
Condoling with the family, the CM expressed his grief over tragic death of seven-year old minor girl, Â assuring the bereaved family that the culprits involved in the murder will be brought to justice soon.
Zainab's case has caught the attention of actors, athletes and activists, with the the social media tag #JusticeforZainab now trending worldwide.
Zainab Ansari disappeared on her way to a Koranic study class on 4 January and her body was found more than a mile from her home in Kasur, Pakistan, on Tuesday. The two protesters were killed on Wednesday when police opened fire on demonstrators who attempted to storm a police headquarters.
Firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri who took part in Zainab 's funeral, demanded the local government be replaced, saying it has "no right to remain in power after the killing of Zainab Ansari".
"Initial autopsy report suggests that the girl was strangulated after rape", Hameed said.
"Showbaz Sharif [Shehbaz Sharif] took 12 notices on 12 incidents [of rape and murder] in Kasur, but not a single culprit was arrested", senior PPP leader Ch Manzoor observed in a statement.
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.
It was relatives of the missing girl, and not the authorities, who reportedly tracked down CCTV footage that showed Zainab being led by the hand down a road by an unknown man. "We have taken notice of the case; however, people need to keep their emotions in check and not aggravate the situation", Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said.