KASUR: Protests broke out in Kasur on Wednesday after reports that body of an eight years old minor girl, who went missing last week, has been found dumped in a trash pile.
According to TV channels, forensic examination of the body has confirmed that the girl identified as Zainab was raped before being killed .
Protests broke out in Kasur shortly after the report of the incident made headlines in the media.
Two people are reported killed during the clashes with police. It was not immediately clear whether they died of police fire.
Protesters took to streets,forcing closure of markets and setting many vehicles on fire.
Many protests clashed with police which they said have failed to arrest a single suspect in child abuse cases.
A group of protesters stormed the office of Deputy Commissioner . A large number of people attended the funeral of the minor girl.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and has sought report from the Inspector General Punjab Police.
Just presided over a meeting of police & administration officials. Made it absolutely clear to them that lip service would not work. I want the culprits involved in this heinous crime behind the bars. Those failing in their duties will be proceeded against. Very painful incident! https://t.co/FFSBbNhtrr
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) January 10, 2018
He said in a tweet that he would not rest till the perpetrators of crime are arrested and punished .
Lahore High Court Chief Justice has taken notice of the incident and sought report from authorities concerned.
Police released a sketch of the suspect and said they are investigating the incident to arrest the culprit.
Politicians, cricketers and general public expressed outrage on social media with a hashtag #justiceforzainab.
The hashtag has become top Twitter trend in Pakistan.
Sketch of the suspect released by the Punjab Police
“#JusticeForZainab , Being a Father just can’t imagine the pain of Parents after this, condolences to her parents & Alarming situation to Society we r living in, Govt should do Prompt action against the Culprit & give justice to ZAINAB, ” wrote cricket captain Muhammad Hafeez.
Lamenting the heinous crime Shoaib Malik used Twitter to ask “what have we become” with a picture of the girl.
Wahab Riaz expressed shock over the incident and tweeted “I refuse to believe this can be true and this can happen in our Pakistan but the reality is different. Ya Allah give sabr to the parents. As a father just hearing about this has made me feel sick. What is happening? How can we stop this from ever happening again?#JusticeForZainab”.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari , Asif Zardari, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan and others also condemned the incident .