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Pakistan: No person arrested in Zainab case so far

14 Jan 2018

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Islamabad, Jan 14: Muhammad Ameen, the father of abducted, raped and murdered minor Zainab in Pakistan, has alleged that not a single person has been arrested in connection with the case so far, media reports said.

Body of the minor was found in a trash pile on Jan 9.

 

Ameen told Geo News: "The police keep assuring us that the suspect will be arrested soon."

 

“The protesters arrested by police are being subjected to violence,” he said.

 

He said people, who were arrested during the protest against the incident of minor's rape and murder in Pakistan's Kasur area, should be released.

 

Two protesters were allegedly killed during police firing on Jan 10, media reports said.

 

The police have released CCTV footage showing the suspected person in the rape and murder of minor girl Zainab in Kasur area of Pakistan, media reports said.

 

The minor is suspected to have been abducted after she left her house in Road Kot area to visit her maternal aunt’s residence located a few minutes away for religious lessons on Jan 4.

 

Her body was discovered from a trash pile on Jan 9.

 

As per Dawn News report, in the new footage, a bearded man bearing a resemblance to her abductor can be seen walking through the street where Zainab's house is situated. The man is seen wearing a dark coloured cap, what seems to be grey shalwar kameez and a brown jacket.

 

The police , however, clarified and said that the person, who could be seen in the footage is just a 'person of interest'.

 

The police on Friday had said that DNA tests carried out in the case indicated the involvement of one culprit in at least seven similar cases that occurred in the district in recent times.

 

A source in the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) told Dawnthat the agency had received samples collected by Kasur police from the crime scene.

 

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed the police to arrest the culprit involved in the abduction, rape and murder of minor girl Zainab in Pakistan's Kasur area in 36 hours, media reports said.

 

The court directed Inspector General Punjab (IGP) to arrest those involved in the incident which triggered protest in Kasur for the past two days.

 

LHC Chief Justice (CJ) Syed Mansoor Ali Shah gave the order while hearing the petition filed by advocate Shaheem Pirzada.

 

The CJ ordered the police to submit details of all the cases of child sexual abuse that had taken place in the area, adding that he would also demand a report on the cases from the sessions judge, Dawn News reported.

 

The hearing in the case has been adjourned till Jan 15.

 

Kasur witnessed protest after body of Zainab was found in a garbage heap on Jan 10.

 

Politicians from different political parties have condemned the incident.




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