7-year-old in Pakistan was raped and killed

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The IGP was apprised about the actions taken by the police to trace the culprits, an official said, adding that the DNA report, the arrests of the suspects, CCTV footage of the suspect and other aspects of the case had come under discussion.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday expressed displeasure over failure of police in arresting the suspect of brutal rape-murder of eight-year-old Zainab in Kasur. The situation at Kasur police station got quite tense after which police had to disperse the crowd, in which two civilians were killed.

Punjab government in the evening said six personnel, including four policemen and two civil defence personnel, who allegedly opened fire at the protesters have been arrested.

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

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She had gone to a religious tuition centre near her house in Kasur city, some 50km from Lahore, on January 5 from where a man said to be a "serial killer" abducted her, police said.

Zainab's death comes less than three years after a scandal in Kasur when at least 280 children were filmed being sexually abused by a gang of 25 men, who blackmailed their parents by threatening to leak the videos. Police officers recovered her body from a garbage heap near Zaki Ada. "I am a mother", she said, at the start of the show. "Police are not cooperating with us", Ghulam Rasool, a family member, said. "In the previous incidents, the forensic evidence also determines it and the modus operandi of carrying out such acts also determines it", spokesperson of Punjab province - where Kasur is located - Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan said.

On Thursday, protesters threw stones at government buildings and set cars and a local politician's office alight, complaining that police had not done more to stop violence against children.A local police spokesman told AFP news agency "up to 1,000" people had taken to the streets.

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