Punjab

Minor girl allegedly raped and murdered in Kasur; two killed in violent protests

Police said the minor, a resident of Rod Kot area of Kasur, was kidnapped on her way to a tuition centre on January 5. Her body was found in a garbage pile near Kashmir Chowk four days after her abduction.
Protests have erupted in the city following the alleged rape and murder of eight-year-old Zainab.
The initial postmortem report of the minor stated that she was strangled to death after being raped multiple times.
Her funeral prayer was led by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahir-ul-Qadri and offered by flocks of people.Talking to media, Tahir-ul-Qadri said that Zainab’s murder is humanity’s insult. He held Punjab government responsible for the mishap and said that the leaders have no right to stay in power now as they cannot secure the lives of the innocent people.
The minor’s parents were in Saudi Arabia where they had gone to perform Umrah when the incident occurred. The parents are expected to return to the country on Wednesday.
Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Mansoor Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident. The LHC chief justice has summoned reports from sessions judge Kasur and police officials.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed authorities to immediately arrest the culprits. “I want the culprits involved in this heinous crime behind bars. Those failing in their duties will be proceeded against,” Shehbaz said while chairing a meeting.
The funeral prayers of the deceased were offered Wednesday afternoon, led by Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s Tahir-ul-Qadri.
Protests were also put on hold because of the funeral prayers.At least two people were killed and as many injured when police opened fire on protesters who had broken into the DC Office. Video from the protests showed some policemen opening straight fire on protesters.
Protests are taking place in various areas of the city against the incident. Earlier, Angry protesters, chanting slogans against the authorities and demanding immediate arrest of the culprits, broke into the DC Office. Enraged protesters vandalised public property and cars inside the vicinity along with pelting stones at police officers.
Protests were also held on Tuesday but called off after eight hours when the police assured that the suspects would be arrested.
On Tuesday, protesters had blocked roads and closed markets. An incident of protesters pushing police officers was also reported near Ferozepur Road.
One of the protesters shared that seven minor girls were kidnapped last year, yet the police failed to arrest a single suspect.