Pakistani newsreader goes live on air with daughter in plea for justice after young girl's brutal rape and murder

A newsreader in Pakistan went on air with her daughter in the studio in protest at the horrific rape and murder of a young girl.

The death of eight-year-old Zainab Ansari, whose body was found dumped in a dustbin after being sexually assaulted, sparked angry protests and left people around the world shocked.

Little Zainab, whose age has been the subject of conflicting reports, was abducted after leaving her home in Punjab to go to a nearby house for Quran study.

On Wednesday evening, the presenter of Pakistani news channel Samaa TV dedicated the broadcast to the young girl as her own daughtersat on her lap.

The death of Zainab has left the world reeling.

She said: “Today I am not Kiran Naz. Today I am a mother. That’s why I am sitting with my daughter.

“I have nothing else to talk about today, except Zainab. It is true that a child’s corpse is the heaviest. Today Pakistan is buried beneath the burden of the little one’s funeral.”

On Thursday, the father of Zainab, who was on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia with his wife at the time of his daughter’s disappearance, spoke has accused the police of being slow to respond after she went missing.

Clashes have broken out across the country with many people claiming the authorities failed to investigate the case.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has assured the family that justice will be done and fired the police chief of Kasur, where the family live.

Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and champion for female education, tweeted Wednesday she was “heartbroken” about Zainab’s tragic fate and demanded action against the killer.

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