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PAKISTAN: Parents of raped, murdered 7-yr-old demand justice as protests erupt over poor policing

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PAKISTAN: Parents of raped, murdered 7-yr-old demand justice as protests erupt over better policing

Scores of angry Palestinians thronged the streets of Kasur in the northwestern part of the country on Wednesday morning to protests the rape and murder of seven-year-old girl Zainab Azari even as her parents are demanding for justice.

Reacting to the death of his daughter upon arrival with his wife from Saudi Arabia where they performed Umrah (holy pilgrimage) Ameen Asari, the father of the girl, claimed that the police “didn’t do anything” after his relatives reported the disappearance of his daughter.

“My relatives and neighbours told me that the police used to come, have food and leave,” he told local media. “While they didn’t do anything, my friends and family spent day and night looking for my daughter,” added Ansari.

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“In Pakistan, security is only for leaders and we are just common insects.

Zainab’s mother, standing behind Ansari outside the airport, said: “I don’t know anything. I don’t know what happened. I just want justice. I have lost Zainab. I don’t have anything to say.”

Reports say Zainab disappeared on January 4 after leaving her house to go to a tuition centre and her body was later discovered in a heap of rubbish in Kasur days later.

Zulfiqar Ahmed, police chief, told local media that an autopsy had suggested that the seven-year-old was raped before being strangled to death at least five days ago.

 

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