Demonstrators vandalise lawmakers' homes during protest against Kasur rape and murder

He maintained that Kasur incident is an embarrassment for the entire country

Two protesters were killed on Wednesday after an angry crowd tried to storm the local police headquarters, and police opened fire.

Protestors in Kasur district of Pakistan's Punjab province broke into the residences of two lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Thursday, Dawn reported.

Zainab Ansari disappeared on her way to a lesson to study the Koran on January 4. 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.

YET another horrendous and chilling incident in Kasur in which a seven year old teenage girl was raped and then murdered put our heads down in shame and embarrassment, reminding us of both our failures as a society and the state to appropriately exercise the executive and judicial functions to curb this crime of loathing and depravity. "That is what the protest was about." the girl's parents said.

Police in Kasur say there have been 12 similar murders in the past two years.

Police had also prepared a sketch of the suspect with help from eyewitnesses, the report said, adding that the investigation was being personally monitored by a high-powered team, headed by the Punjab AIG. "Today, Pakistan is burdened by the weight of Zainab's coffin", she said.

Hundreds of protesters hurled projectiles at a hospital, attacked the home of at least one local politician, and complained of police inaction.

The brutal murder has sparked outrage across Pakistan, with up to 1,000 protesters lining the streets in Kasur, Lahore and Karachi. "They have thrown stones on the buildings of the government hospital, police and deputy commissioner's office..." Anees Ansari, Zainab's father, accused the police of being slow to respond when his daughter went missing.

Zainab was kidnapped on her way to a Koran recital while her parents where in Mecca performing a religious pilgrimage.

Zainab's uncle, Ghulam Rasool, said: 'Police are not co-operating with us.

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. "We want justice. We want the culprit to be brought in front of us". Three people were killed during clashes with police.

The Punjab government has also announced a Rs10 million reward for anyone who provides information that leads to the suspect's arrest.



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