Punjab CM Shehbaz visits Zainab’s family
KASUR: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday visited the house of seven-year-old Zainab, who was brutally murdered after rape.
Shehbaz Sharif met Zainab’s parents and other family members and condoled her cold-blooded murder.
The chief minister also assured the bereaved family of provision of justice.
The body of the girl was recovered from a garbage heap, with police saying she seemed to have been killed four or five days ago.
Reports said she was allegedly raped multiple times before being strangled. The body was sent to the district headquarters hospital for an autopsy.
Her parents were away on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, and her family circulated CCTV footage on social media that showed her with an unidentified man.
News of the killing, and reports that the girl had been raped, swept through Pakistani news programs and social media, and nationally known politicians demanded that her killer be found.
The authorities have released CCTV footage that showed her walking with a man along a road in the evening, holding his hand and showing no apparent signs of fear.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar and Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa have taken serious notice of the tragic incident and vowed immediate justice to the parents of the deceased girl.
Activists on social media have condemned the government for failing to arrest those involved in the crime.
Soon after, CJP, Army Chief and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif took notice of policemen accused of firing and District Police Officer Kasur was removed from his position pending an investigation on the police fire.
Taking notice of the heart wrenching incident, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, had taken notice of the incident and sought a report from the Inspector General of Police, Punjab, within 24 hours.
Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa condemned the “cold-blooded murder” and directed immediate “support to the civil administration to arrest the criminals and bring them to justice”, the army’s media wing said.