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Pakistan PM Imran suspends police amid outrage over child’s murder

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has suspended police accused of being slow to investigate the abduction and murder of a 10-year-old girl in a case that has sparked national outrage, a minister said on Thursday.
The family of the murdered girl, Farishta, say that they reported her missing on May 15 but the police in the capital Islamabad refused to investigate the case or register a missing persons report for five days.
Farishta’s body was discovered on Monday but her family, ethnic Pashtuns, have spoken out against the officials, accusing police of treating them “like animals”. Amid suspicions Farishta was raped before being killed, many Pakistanis vented their anger under social media hashtag #JusticeForFarishta.
Pakistan’s powerful military on Thursday also offered to help solve the case. (REUTERS)

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