A Little Girl's Murder Has Sparked Protests in Pakistan and Online

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar

The outrage has spilled over in Kasur after the body of a child was found in a garbage heap Tuesday, where she is believed to have been dumped after being raped and murdered. I'm a mother and that is why I'm sitting here with my daughter.

Chairing an important meeting over the Kasur tragedy on Thursday, Shehbaz also announced Rs3 million each for the families of the two protesters killed in firing by the police.

Opposition PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto has termed the brutal rape and murder of the girl as "shocking and a slap on the face of Sharifdom (Sharif brothers)".

The girl cried for help as the perpetrator tried to rape her when she was alone at her home.

CGTN's Danial Khan has the latest from Islamabad. Gov and the concerned authorities must take action'. Some turned to violence, setting fire to cars they passed.

The protesters were of the view that the incident would not have taken place had the government hanged the culprits involved in sexually abusing more than 700 children in Kasur. "It has been unable to provide security for our children".

Zainab went missing January 4, as she was heading to a class at a religious school near her home.

Zainab was kidnapped on her way to a Koran recital while her parents where in Mecca performing a religious pilgrimage. Zainab had been living with a maternal aunt. Her body was found on a rubbish tip a mile from her home five days later.

The senior lawyer said the chief justice of Pakistan informed him of the arrest when he went to meet him [chief justice] to appreciate his taking a suo motu notice of the case. "Everyone's daughters are the same".

The incident had also evoked fury amongst the local residents as they attacked a police station in Kasur to seek justice.

Zainab was the eighth minor to have been raped and murdered in Kasur in the past year, the police official said, adding that investigators could not confirm if they had a serial killer on their hands.

Kasur had made headlines in 2015 as well when it was revealed that a gang of paedophiles was busted for running a child sex ring in the city.

Pakistanis expressed their shock on social media using the hashtag "justiceforZainab".

A large number of people including women, children and youth attended the demonstration and demanded from the Punjab government to arrest the culprit as soon as possible.

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