Police used force against the protestors, killing two people by gunshots as enraged protesters armed with sticks and stones attempted to storm the deputy commissioner's office.
The girl managed to escape her abductor and return home. Her parents, who were away at a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia at the time, returned on Wednesday, landing at the Islamabad airport.
The body of the minor child was found in a garbage dump days after she went missing from her home. "Ten incidents of minors' rape and murders had been reported in Kasur and 11 in Sheikhupura alone previous year ", he said, according to Geo News. CCTV footage obtained by the family shows the girl walking with a stranger and holding his hand.
Two civilians were killed and several left injured in Pakistan's Kasur district Wednesday as police opened fire to disperse an angry mob protesting a minor's murder in the city.
On January 9, a police constable recovered her body from a heap of rubbish. Traders shut their shop and staged a demonstration, according to Dawn.
Shehbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, tweeted to vow that he would not rest until the perpetrators are behind bars. Protestors shouted slogans against the police and local parliamentarians.
Human rights activists carry placards and banners during a protest against Zainab's rape and murder in Karachi on Thursday.— AFP
Pakistani celebrities, including many cricket players, have been among those raising awareness of Zainab's case, with the #JusticeForZainab hashtag trending internationally on Twitter, including in London.
Zainab's family told local media they believe police failed to adequately respond after they reported their daughter missing on January 4. Back then, authorities had uncovered what they called a paedophile ring linked to a prominent local family. "The incidents of this nature are very serious, the worst kind of child abuse, heinous crime and it is unbearable", he said, adding, "It is a shameful act and a stigma on the face of our nation and it seems there is no rule of law in the country".
"Deeply pained about murder of a 8-year old girl in a child molestation case". DNA samples have reportedly been taken from dozens of potential suspects, but no one has yet been arrested. "Investigations reveal that in each case a paedophile kidnaps little girls, rapes them and kills them", regional police officer Zulfiqar Hameed said.
Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai also took to Twitter to demand action by the government.
A month before Zainab's disappearance, a nine-year-old girl disappeared from Kasur's city center.
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