Punjab CM should answer over murder of Zainab: Sirajul Haq

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The men were killed during protest against rape and murder of Zainab - a minor girl from Kasur - on Wednesday.

I don't have words to condemn the unlawful and shameful act of Punjab Police. "This is the entire society's murder", Naz said. Sections 302 and 201 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), which deal with wilful murder and wiping out evidence, have been included in the first information report (FIR) of the incident, the report said.

Zainab Ansari, the minor girl whose death ignited protests, was reported missing last week, news agency Reuters reported. DNA samples collected from her body have been sent to a lab in Lahore for forensic testing ─ a process that can take up to three months. Police did not cooperate with us.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told DawnNews earlier today that the joint investigation team tasked to investigate the murder has been in touch with the family and will work closely with them to solve the case.

He added that up to 20 people had been arrested over Zainab's murder "but the investigators have been unable to find any clue so far".

Responding to the bereaved father's appeal, Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the incident and directed military to support civil administration for arresting the culprits and "bringing them to exemplary justice", the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of Pakistani army, said in a statement.

The chief justice Lahore High Court has taken notice of the incident and summoned reports from the sessions court judge and police officials.

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At least two people were killed and several injured as paramilitary troops were called in to restore order.

A sketch of the suspect issued by police on Wednesday.

Pakistani celebrities, including many cricket players, have been among those raising awareness of Zainab's case, with the #JusticeForZainab hashtag trending internationally on Twitter, including in London.

The officers had concluded that a single person was behind all the cases surfacing in the district.

The minor girl, Zainab, was on her way to seminary when she was kidnapped by the unknown men on January 4, a few meters away from her house in Kasur, a city located in the country's east Punjab province.

Speaking to Geo News, Zainab's sister said they would continue to fight till they receive justice. The two deaths were due to gunshot wounds, Dawn reported and quoted the Punjab government as saying that six people, including four policemen, were arrested for opening fire on protestors.