Mob angered by rape, murder of girl attacks police

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Two protesters have been killed after the rape and murder of a young girl in Pakistan set off deadly riots and a worldwide call for justice across social media. He said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has told the forensic lab to expedite the process for Zainab's autopsy.

Punjab Government Spokesperson Malik Ahmed Khan and DPO Kasur were also present on the occasion.

Locals said police responded with undue force.

Police are resorting to "direct" and aerial firing to disperse the protesters. Her parents, who were away at a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia at the time, returned on Wednesday, landing at the Islamabad airport.

Her mother added: "I have nothing to say, I just want justice for my daughter".

Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif early on Thursday visited the bereaved family of Zainab, whose horrific rape and murder shocked the country.

Kasur shop owners shut their businesses to express their anger over Zainab's slaying.

Firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri who took part in Zainab 's funeral, demanded the local government be replaced, saying it has "no right to remain in power after the killing of Zainab Ansari".

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He noted that Punjab Chief Minister was in the habit of merely taking notices of all the wrong happenings in the province only to project his better image in the public.

Police in Kasur deny they have been lax in investigating child abductions in the town. DNA samples have reportedly been taken from dozens of potential suspects, but no one has yet been arrested.

"Investigations reveal that in each case a paedophile kidnaps little girls, rapes them and kills them", he said.

Zainab Ansari was last seen on her way to a religious recital when her body was found 2km from her home.

It was relatives of the missing girl, and not the authorities, who reportedly tracked down CCTV footage that showed Zainab being led by the hand down a road by an unknown man.

A police official described the situation as "very tense".

Police in Kasur have recorded 12 similar murders over the past two years, and believe at least five of the cases can be linked to the same person, the BBC reports.

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