Islamabad-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. She had been raped and strangled.
It is the 12th such murder in the town of Kasur in a year, and has raised concern that a serial killer may be on the loose.
Kiran Naz, a news anchor on Pakistan's Samaa TV, hosted Thursday's bulletin with her young daughter on her lap as an act of protest. Today, I'm a mother.
"It appears as if the kidnapper is a local who developed familiarity with Zainab to take her along, probably telling her that he would take her to her parents", he said. 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.
"This is the failure of the government", complained one protester.
The spokesperson for Pakistan's Punjab province, Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan, told Reuters that protesters turned violent and attacked a local police office. "They have thrown stones on the buildings of the government hospital, police and deputy commissioner's office..."
Up to 20 people have been arrested over Zainab's murder "but the investigators have been unable to find any clue so far" Mr Sajid said. The victim's father Ameen Ansari claimed that the police did not cooperate with the family members who registered the complaint.
Zainab went missing last week while going to a nearby home for Quranic studies.
Zainab's uncle, Ghulam Rasool, said: 'Police are not co-operating with us.
Ihtisham ul Haq, summed up many people's exasperation at a lack of progress in finding the killer.
'We want justice. We want the culprit to be brought in front of us. The clarification stated that the chief justice had only referred to a news item that had gone viral on social media.
Civil society, known faces from the entertainment industry and locals in multiple cities have voiced anger and disappoinment in the law enforcement agencies and called for the government to take steps that protect lives of children across the country.
Following a meeting with Zainab's father Anees, Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif sacked Kasur's police chief for negligence.
The Punjab government has also announced a Rs10 million reward for anyone who provides information that leads to the suspect's arrest.