Man resembling suspect in Zainab rape, murder case arrested

LAHORE: A man resembling the suspect’s sketch provided by the authorities in the eight-year-old rape and murder case was arrested from Bhatta Chowk area in Lahore last late night.

The suspect revealed his name to be ‘Umar’ and confessed to the rape and murder of the minor girl during initial investigations, sources said. He has been handed over to the Joint Investigation Team for further investigations including DNA testing.

NADRA has no record of suspects arrested in Zainab rape-murder case

According to earlier reports, the prime suspect is involved in murdering at least eight underage girls. During a meeting on Sunday, the Inspector-General of Police Arif Nawaz had personally visited Kasur to hold a meeting with the JIT members, who briefed him on the case. It had also issued a fresh sketch of the suspect after obtaining a new picture from CCTV camera, however JIT could not obtain any information about the suspect from NADRA database. They had also decided to conduct DNA tests of all people matching the suspect’s age and living in a two-kilometer radius of the victim’s house.

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It is pertinent to note that the origin of a CCTV footage circulating on the media and social media of a man resembling the suspect remains unknown. Police have denied releasing any such CCTV video. The ‘suspect’ has reportedly been cleared by the investigation team after appearing before the JIT.

Another picture of a person standing behind the father of the victim went viral, resulting in him having to issue a video statement to clarify his position. Earlier, a picture of a person standing behind father of victim Zainab at Islamabad airport had also went viral. The person has to issue a video statement online to clarify his position.

Eight year-old Zainab went missing on January 6 and was found dead four days later

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