POLICE in Pakistan hunting for the killer of an abducted schoolgirl have released a sketch of the suspect.
It comes after a High Court judge gave authorities a 36-hour deadline to catch the man who raped and strangled six-year-old Zainab Ansari before dumping her body in a rubbish heap.
The child’s horrific murder in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab region sparked outrage across the country, with thousands of people taking to the streets of various cities in violent protest.
At least two protesters have been killed after police was forced to fire into crowds as they attempted to storm a government building on Wednesday night.
Zainab disappeared on January 4 as she made her way to a Koran class while her parents were in Mecca on a religious pilgrimage.
She was seen in CCTV footage from later in the day being led away by a man, whose sketch has now been released in a bid to catch him.
The child’s abused body was found just one mile from her home five days later.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, government spokesman Malik Ahmad Khan vowed to bring Zainab’s killer to justice.
The murder also sparked the sacking of the town’s police chief after Zainab’s father Anees accused the police force of being negligent and slow to respond.
Speaking at Islamabad airport as he arrived back in Pakistan, Mr Ansari said: “We will not bury Zainab until the killer is caught.
“If the police would have acted immediately, the culprit would have been caught.”
Police reports show at least 10 other young girls were abducted and murdered in similar circumstance in the same town of Kasur in the last year alone.
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