Two protesters have been killed in Pakistan after riots broke out over the rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari.
Zainab was kidnapped from her aunts home last week on Thursday while her parents travelled to Saudi Arabia to perform the ummrah pilgrimage.
Her body was found four days later in a garbage dumpster near where she had been kidnapped in Kasur district.
Shockingly it was the 12th incident of a girl being abducted, raped and killed in the past year alone in the district, police said.
Angry residents took to the streets ahead of the girls funeral and blamed the authorities over failures in investigating cases like these.
An angry mob attacked a local police station with stones before police resorted to firing gun shots into the air to stop the protesters, two people were killed.
Zainab’s parents, who arrived back from Saudi Arabia, told news outlets they would not bury her until her killer has been caught and pleaded with the police to do more.
Her father, Ameen, said: “We are going to try and not bury our child until the issue has been properly resolved,” he said.
“We are going to appeal to the chief justice of Pakistan, to the army chief of Pakistan, and everyone that has daughters.
“If there is any humanity, they should take action immediately.”
Zainab’s uncle, Hafiz Muhammad Adnan, has publicly asked for calm, and called for the murderer to be arrested alive.
“Just to lift the burden off themselves, the authorities shouldn’t kill some innocent person and say ‘yes we have given you justice’,” he said.
“We want the killer alive. And moreover, security should be improved in the area, security cameras need to be installed.”
A local police officer Police officer Zulfiqar Ahmed defended the police, saying they had done everything they could.
“Over the last four or five days we mounted a search operation to try and find her,” he said.
“All the localities of Kasur and abandoned places were searched, but unfortunately we did were not able to find her. Yesterday afternoon her body was found inside the main refuse dump in the city.”
Pakistan’s top politicians and military leaders have also expressed their concerns and asked for immediate action from the police and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Former cricketer and Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, said: ‘The condemnable & horrific rape & murder of little Zainab exposes once again how vulnerable our children are in our society.’
‘This is not the first time such horrific acts have happened. We have to act swiftly to punish the guilty & ensure that our children are better protected.’