Pakistan releases new video of "person of interest" in Zainab rape, murder

Protesters demand justice for Zainab

Timeline of protests over 7-year-old Zainab's rape, murder in Pakistan

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed the police to arrest the culprit involved in the abduction, rape and murder of minor girl Zainab in Pakistan's Kasur area in 36 hours, media reports said. He also accompanied Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arif Nawaz Khan during his visit to the victim's residence along with other members of the JIT - RPO Sargodha Zulfiqar Hameed and DPO Kasur Zahid Nawaz Marwat. Police recovered the body of Zainab on Tuesday from a garbage dumpster in Kasur district, eastern Pakistan.

Kiran Naz appeared on her show on Samaa TV with her daughter as she told her audience that the day marked the "funeral of humanity".

A source in the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) told Dawnthat the agency had received samples collected by Kasur police from the crime scene.

Police are scrambling to find clues that could lead them to the culprit behind the rape and murder of Zainab in Kasur, while the deadline assigned to them by the Punjab police chief to make the arrest expired at 8pm on Saturday.

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Hundreds of protesters hurled projectiles at a hospital, attacked the home of at least one local politician, and complained of police inaction.

On January 4, Zainab had left her house to go to her maternal aunt's nearby and is believed to have been abducted en route.

Kasur had last attained local and global notoriety in 2015 when a gang of paedophiles running a child sex ring was busted in the city.

Zainab's father Ameen Ansari has said that he will "not bury Zainab until the killer is caught".

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Zainab's parents returned from their pilgrimage on Wednesday but they were unable to attend their child's funeral prayers.

It is worth mentioning that the area had been news in the past over rape of minors, the girl's murder was the 12th such incident reported in Kasur district alone in a year. Can we do something to protect our children?' Zainab was first reported missing on January 5 by her uncle, the regional police office added. Before this, local police never investigated this element despite a series of child murders.

In a speech to thousands of mourners, he blamed the Punjab chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, for failing to "protect lives and honour of innocent girls" in the province.

As word got around, traders shuttered their shops and staged a protest demonstration.

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People from other parts of the country took to social media to share their anger and outrage over the murder using the hashtag #JusticeForZainab.

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