2 dead amid protests over rape, death of Pakistani child

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar

Reacting to the death of his daughter upon arrival with his wife from Saudi Arabia where they performed Umrah (holy pilgrimage) Ameen Asari, the father of the girl, claimed that the police "didn't do anything" after his relatives reported the disappearance of his daughter. According to Pakistani media, traders shut shop to join a demonstration near the hospital demanding strict action against perpetrator.

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

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.

These riots have turned violent, with some throwing bricks and attacking police stations and government buildings.

Pakistan's chief justice called for a police report within 24 hours, a Supreme Court statement said, while the spokesman for the military tweeted that the army chief had directed "all-out support to civil administration to arrest the criminals and bringing them to exemplary justice". Footage emerged of protests in Lahore, Peshawar and the capital, Islamabad, and other cities across Pakistan.

To protest against the brutality, Samaa TV presenter Kiran Naz hosted a news bulletin with her daughter. Similar steps were taken in the past as well, but the authorities lost interest once photo sessions and media coverage were over.

In August 2015, the country's biggest child abuse scandal was unearthed in Ganda Singh Wala area of Kasur, where around 400 videos were made of 280 victims of abuse by a gang of over 25 criminals.

The parents witnessed the man attempting to rape their daughter.

It is to be mentioned here that as many as 12 children have been killed after rape in Kasur in one year whereas police officers have killed three people involved in such criminal activities.

CCTV clips from different cameras installed on nearby roads and streets were also examined, which yielded the image of an unidentified suspect carrying the abducted girl in a remote area on Peru Wala Road in Kasur.

On the demand of Zainab's father, the government has changed the head of a committee set up to investigate the heinous crime. Those failing in their duties will be proceeded against.

"We are now afraid of letting our children leave the home", Ansari said in televised comments.

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