Pakistan Zainab murder: Girl's father speaks of devastating grief

Two protesters were killed while another two were wounded by gunshots.

Referring to Zainab, she said "the smallest coffins are the heaviest, and the entire society is burdened by the weight of her coffin".

"Last night the girls body was found from a heap of garbage in Saddar area of the city", Regional Police Officer (Kasur) Zulffiqar Hameed said, adding the body had been sent for autopsy. "In the previous incidents, the forensic evidence also determines it and the modus operandi of carrying out such acts also determines it", spokesperson of Punjab province - where Kasur is located - Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan told reporters. According to police sources, some unidentified accused brutally murdered the girl identified as 16-year-old Sajida Perveen after rape.

'They have thrown stones on the buildings of the government hospital, police and deputy commissioner's office...

Up to 20 people have been arrested over Zainab's murder "but the investigators have been unable to find any clue so far" Mr Sajid said.

The girl's parents, who had been in Saudi Arabia, flew back to Pakistan Wednesday and told reporters at Islamabad airport they will not bury their daughter until her killer was arrested.

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"In Pakistan, security is only for leaders and we are just common insects".

Pakistanis expressed their shock on social media using the hashtag "justiceforZainab". What is missing from the discussion is the larger issue of child protection in Pakistan. Gov and the concerned authorities must take action'. They are demanding justice in the case and to award exemplary punishment to the culprit so that such incidents can be avoided in the future. Why he is still roaming freely?

Firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri who took part in the girl's funeral service demanded the local government be replaced, saying it has "no right to remain in power after the killing of Zainab Ansari".

A spokesman for the Punjab provincial police said paramilitary troops had been called in to restore order.

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

  • Sonia Alvarado