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The outrage in Kasur

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A wake up call

The national outrage over the gruesome rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, Zainab Amin, in Kasur earlier in the week has not died down. The perpetrator of the heinous crime who is deemed to be a serial rapist and killer of children is still at large.

Adding insult to injury, policemen in a city located close to Lahore – just a few kilometres away from the Sharifs Jati Umra abode – gunned down two protesters that were part of a large violent crowd expressing outrage over the sad incident.

The anger in the backdrop of state’s apathy is understandable. This is not the first incident of its kind in Kasur. According to some reports the DNA forensics point out that the same person is the perpetrator of five similar incidents involving young children in the city.

Incidentally twelve such cases have been reported in Kasur during the past two years. But sadly enough, the police was unable to nab a single criminal on this count.

Contrary to the ruling PML-N’s mantra of fancy safe city projects, metros, highways and motorways and electricity for all, this is the sad state of affairs. Civil society activists and the public at large already sensitized by rampant terrorism feel that enough is enough.

Instead of initiating home-grown reforms emphasis has remained on fancy schemes imported from other countries

The state’s reaction to the barbaric incident has been predictable. The Chief Minister of the province Shehbaz Sharif chose to visit the family of the victim in the wee hours of the morning perhaps to avoid the wrath of the angry protesters.

The usual assurances reserved for such sombre moments, that no stone will be left unturned to trace the........

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