Zainab murder case: Court sets 36-hour deadline for arrest of culprit

Zainab murder case: Court sets 36-hour deadline for arrest of culprit

Zainab murder case: Court sets 36-hour deadline for arrest of culprit

She had been raped and strangled. Her body was found on a rubbish tip a mile from her home five days later.

Zainab went missing January 4, as she was heading to a class at a religious school near her home. "Kasur has been in the spotlight because such cases were reported there in the past", Manizeh Bano, director of the non-governmental organisation Sahil, told DW. Only one of the children survived their ordeal.

People's anger turned ugly after a CCTV footage surfaced online showing the last moments of Zainab as she is being led by a man, who is believed to have raped her and dumped her body on a pile of rubbish. According to police sources, some unidentified accused brutally murdered the girl identified as 16-year-old Sajida Perveen after rape. During the show, she said, "Today I'm not your host Kiran Naz. That's why I am sitting with my daughter", Naz said.

A local police spokesman told AFP news agency "up to 1,000" people had taken to the streets.

On Thursday, protesters threw stones at government buildings and set cars and a local politician's office alight, complaining that police had not done more to stop violence against children.

However, Rangers and police personnel are still deployed at sensitive places to avoid any untoward situation.

The traders also staged a demonstration in Gulgasht against the brutal murder.

Sajid said that up to 20 suspects had been apprehended "but the investigators have been unable to find any clue so far".

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Her parents had gone to Saudi Arabia on a religious pilgrimage.

Zainab's father Ameen called on the government to publicly punish the perpetrator.

'He alleged that the police did not cooperate in finding his daughter 'If the police would have acted immediately, the culprit would have been caught'.

"Police are not cooperating with us", claimed Ghulam Rasool, an uncle of Zainab. I just want justice.

Pakistanis expressed their shock on social media using the hashtag "justiceforZainab". Since then, protests have erupted across the country demanding justice for her. What is missing from the discussion is the larger issue of child protection in Pakistan.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai wrote that she was "heartbroken to hear about Zainab", adding: 'This has to stop. The protesters shouted slogans against the government and demanded immediate arrest of the killer.

"The rapist or the murderer is a serial killer".

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced a Rs10 million reward for whoever identifies the culprit behind the heinous crime.

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