Zainab Ansari killing: Two people died in Pakistan protests over the alleged rape and murder of eight-year-old girl

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Two people died and dozens more were injured at protests about the alleged rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Pakistan.

Angered at the lack of arrests the killing of Zainab Ansari, hundreds off people took to the streets of the city of Kasur in eastern Punjab.

Some attacked a police station and government buildings while local media captured others throwing rocks and smashing car windows with sticks.

Ansari went missing on her way to her religious studies tuition, earlier this week.

Confirming she was raped, police said he body was found dumped in some rubbish.

Zainab Ansari killing: Two people died in Pakistan protests over the alleged rape and murder of eight-year-old girl

They said six girls have been sexually assaulted in the region in recent months, and they were investigating whether there was a connection between the cases.

Ansari’s parents, who had been at a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia at the time of her disappearance, have returned to Pakistan.

“We will not bury our daughter until her killers are arrested,” her father Ameen Ansari said.

However, a funeral service attended by thousands of people, was held for the girl.

Cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri who took part in the service called for the local government to be replaced, and blamed the Punjab chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, for failing to “protect lives and honour of innocent girls” in the province.

Violence erupted before the funeral and police fired shots in the air in an attempt to disperse protesters.

Local TV captured one officers asking to halt the direct fire, while a second officer continued.

Kasur’s police chief Zulfiqar Hameed refused to say whether the two people killed in the clashes had died from police gunshots.

Ansari’s murder also sparked widespread outcry on social media, with thousands calling for the culprit to be brought to justice, and the hastag #Justice4Zainab trending on Twitter.

Facing calls from his political rivals to step down or face further street protests, chief minister Sharif also took to the social media site.

He said he was “deeply pained” to hear about the case, adding: “Those societies that cannot protect its children are eternally condemned. Not going to rest till the perpetrators of this dastardly act are apprehended & given severest possible punishment under the law.”

Additional reporting by agencies. 

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