Pakistan engulfed in protests over rape and murder of 7-year-old

Minor girl brutally raped, killed and dumped in trash in Kasur

Adnan said the kidnapper waited to dump the body after search parties took a break after four days of looking.

Two people were killed by gunshot wounds as angry protesters clashed with police, two others sustained bullet injuries.

Zainab, who was staying with her aunt as her parents had gone to Saudi Arabia on Umrah pilgrimage, on Thursday, went to attend a Quran recital nearby and never returned, according to relatives.

Kiran Naz, a Samaa TV presenter has done something on her show that was almost unimaginable by hosting a news bulletin with her daughter and delivering a statement on the events following the alleged abduction, rape and killing of Zainab Ansari.

The incident has also sparked an uproar on social media.

In Lahore, the provincial capital of the state where Kasur is located, protesters blocked a major road connecting the two, causing traffic between them to be suspended.

Zainab was the eighth minor to have been raped and murdered in Kasur in the past year, the official said.

In the past two years, there have been at least 12 similar child murders in the city.

"I want justice! I want justice!"

Protests in the Kasur soon erupted after Zainab's body was recovered from a garbage heap on Tuesday, which are still ongoing.

CCTV footage reportedly showed the girl with a odd man while an autopsy report confirmed that she was raped.

As per a report in Dawn News, the post-mortem report of the child confirmed that she was raped before being murdered. And she was found dead in a rubbish pile on 9 January. The inconsolable parents have said that they will not bury their girl until justice is served.

Nobel Peace prize victor Malala Yousafzai, condemned the murder of Zainab, saying "such brutal incidents have to stop".

'This is not the first time such horrific acts have happened. "We have to act swiftly to punish the guilty & ensure that our children are better protected", he said.

Later her family and local traders staged a protest at what they claimed was a lack of action by the authorities to find the culprit, with shop keepers closing their premises in support.

The Punjab government has offered a reward of 10m rupees (£66,460) for information leading to the killer's capture, as well as compensation for the protesters killed on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif said that he will supervise the Zainab case himself till the case is not resolved and won't let the rapist escape. The gang allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted 280 children and blackmailed the families of some victims since 2009.

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