Zainab murder case: CJP's spokesperson denies Kasuri's claim

Zainab murder case: CJP's spokesperson denies Kasuri's claim

Four days after she went missing, seven-year-old girl Zainab Ansari's body was found on Tuesday near a garbage dumpster, roughly two kms from her house.

Her murder sparked clashes Wednesday between angry Kasur residents and police after protesters enraged over her death attacked a police station in the city.

Zainab Ansari was caught on CCTV being led away by a mystery man and was later found raped and strangled on a rubbish pile about a mile from her home.

Zainab is the eighth child to have been raped and murdered in Kasur in the last 12 months, according to police.

At least two people were killed when a protest against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl turned violent in Pakistan Wednesday, police said, as a city scarred by child abuse erupted in fury.

'I have nothing else to talk about today, except Zainab, ' she said at the end of a almost two-minute-long clip.

They say five of them are linked to one suspect who is being hunted by hundreds of officers.

"This is the failure of the government", complained one protester.

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"Up to 1,000 protesters are in the streets", said Kasur police spokesman Muhammad Sajid.

"They had thrown stones on the buildings of the government hospital, police and deputy commissioner's office... security is being deployed and trying to control the situation", he said.

Zainab's father, Ameen Ansari, told the BBC that he did not agree with the violence of protesters, but understood the anger at police.

The girl, who was living with her maternal aunt, had gone to attend Quran class in the neighbourhood on January 4 when she was allegedly abducted.

'Police are not cooperating with us, ' Ghulam Rasool, an uncle of Zainab, said on Thursday.

Without mentioning the deaths that occurred when protesters were fired at in Kasur, the report acknowledged that after the recovery of Zainab's body, a large group of locals became violent and held a protest.

While many Pakistani celebs have joined the petition to make sure the little angel finds justice, the case has brought into focus the alarming reality of child sexual abuse in the country.

The Lahore High Court's Chief Justice, Punjab's Chief Minister, the Senate, the Chief Justice of Pakistan and the army chief have all spoken out on social media about the case. The provincial government has announced a Rs 10-million (approximately Rs 57.4 lakh) award for information leading to the arrest of the accused.

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