February 18, 2018

Zainab murder case: ATC remands key suspect to 14-day police custody

25 January 2018, 01:49 | Kara Nash

Zainab Ansari's perpetrator

Zainab Ansari's perpetrator

On Sunday, Pakistan's Supreme Court gave Punjab's police chief a 72-hour deadline to arrest suspects responsible for Zainab's death.

The breakthrough came in what officials are calling a serial murder case and which has stirred outrage across the country. Her body was recovered from a heap of trash on January 9 near the Shahbaz Khan Road.

"The beast has confessed to have committed the past such crimes, " he said. The suspect is a serial killer based in Kasur.

"The DNA and polygraph tests of this beast have been matched", Sharif said and proposed changes in the law so that he could be hanged in public. "If this is done, there will be no killing of children by any other beast in future".

Muhammad Amin Ansari, Zainab's father, thanked authorities for tracking down the suspect and called for him to be publicly executed. He expressed satisfaction with the investigation. She did not return for dinner.That night, when Aasia heard a girl had been found dead, she felt her legs weaken and her body convulse."I was heading towards where they said they'd found the body".

Police sought judicial remand of the suspect.

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On January 5, the girl had gone missing while going to a religious tuition centre near her house in Kasur city, some 50-km from Lahore.

He added that Ali was arrested on Wednesday but police waited to match DNA evidence before making an announcement.

"The suspect has been arrested after 14-day joint efforts by the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA), the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), CTD [Counter Terrorism Authority], civil and military agencies, political leadership and civil administration".

Additionally, according to reports, Imran had shaved his beard after the incident which helped him evade arrest till now as the CCTV footage showed a man sporting a beard.

Reports say the culprit disappeared from the neighbourhood shortly after his release.

The rape and murder of Zainab marked the 12th such incident in a year, leading to extensive protests in Pakistan and the death of 2 people in the Kasur district when police fired at hundreds of angry protesters who said that government negligence was behind the repeated incidents.

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