Zainab’s murder: Protests continue in parts of country on second day

January 11, 2018

Punjab CM announces Rs10mn for culprit’s identification

KASUR: The shutter down strike against the brutal killing of seven-year-old girl Zainab after rape continued on second day in Kasur as all the markets and educational institutions remained closed.

According to details, the enraged local besieged civil hospital and chanted slogans against the administration. They also blocked main road for traffic. The protesters, who also held sit-in at Steel Bagh Chowk, demanded to hang the culprit in public so that no such incident will happen in future.

Meanwhile, high court bar association in Islamabad also announced strike and condemned the mishap. The lawyers will not attend judicial proceedings at the court today.

In Peshawar, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) women wing also protested outside Press Club against Zainab’s murder and demanded early detention of the suspect.

In Faisalabad, the locals blocked district council chowk and staged protest by holding banners and chanting slogans. They said that the children in Pakistan are not safe due to inefficient performance of police.

Students in Karachi also took to the streets and offered Fateh for Zainab.

Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif reached the house of seven-year-old Zainab and assured the bereaved family of provision of justice in the case.

The spokesman for Punjab government, Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan and top police officials also accompanied CM Shehbaz during the visit.  Speaking on the occasion, Malik Ahmad Khan said that culprits involved in Zainab case will be apprehended soon. He also said that police officials involved in firing on unarmed protesters have been arrested.

Newly-appointed District Police Officer (DPO) Kasur Zahid Khan Marwat told that as many as three police officers who opened fire on people protesting against brutal killing of seven-year-old girl Zainab after rape have been arrested.

Later, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday vowed that justice will be served in Zainab murder case and announced a reward of ten million rupees for the culprit’s identification. The chief minister headed a session of the Cabinet Committee on Law and Order in which provincial ministers, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) and other relevant persons were present.

Initial reports regarding the Kasur incident were presented in the meeting, and Shehbaz Sharif ordered to present case challan within 24 hours after arresting the offender.

The CM ordered to install CCTV cameras in Kasur immediately under the Safe City Project. He also expressed grief over the demise of two protesters as a result of police’s firing, and announced three million rupees each for their families.

Meanwhile, the autopsy examination of the seven-year-old child has suggested that she had been raped and sodomized before being strangulated to death.

According to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Medico Legal Officer (MLO) Dr Quratulain Attique, the post-mortem examination revealed the child had died of strangulation while her hymen was ruptured. There was also evidence to suggest that the child had been sodomized. INP/NNI