Main culprit of Zainab case arrested

Main culprit of Zainab case arrested

A day before the arrest of suspected rapist and killer of seven-year-old Zainab, the Pakistan Senate Standing Committee on Interior has set the ball rolling to make an example of such culprits by hanging them in public, media reports said on Wednesday.

On Sunday, Pakistan's Supreme Court gave Punjab's police chief a 72-hour deadline to arrest suspects responsible for Zainab's death. Her body was recovered from a heap of trash on January 9 near the Shahbaz Khan Road.

A man, named only as Imran, has been arrested after his DNA matched samples found on her body, according to police sources.

Criticising the applause, Shah said sixty cases of child sexual abuse were reported in Kasur in 2016 and thousands of similar incidents happened across Punjab.

Sharif said the suspect's DNA was tested and presented a 100 percent match with evidence found at the scene. The suspect is a serial killer based in Kasur. He also requested the chief justice of the Lahore High Court to ensure that the hearing of the case to is heard day and night, without any delay.

"If the law permits and the court allows, I wish to hang such a beast publicly, " said Sharif.

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He praised the "untiring efforts" of the Joint Investigation Team and other government agencies for catching the "serial killer" within 14 days of the discovery of Zainab's body. He expressed satisfaction with the investigation.

Police sought judicial remand of the suspect.

According to the initial post-mortem report, the minor was strangled to death after being raped multiple times. Television footage showed a contingent of police in riot gear deployed to secure the surrounding area.

Zainab was taken from near her home in Kasur on January 4 while her parents were on a pilgrimage.

This morning, local reports said furious residents had surrounded his house.

Pakistani students light candles during a protest rally to condemn the rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, an 8-year-old girl.The community has since been living in fear and has accused police of mishandling the crises.

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