Zainab's murderer should be hanged publicly: Shehbaz Sharif

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the rapist and murderer of innocent Zainab had been caught with the collective efforts of civil and military agencies.

Earlier on Tuesday, a senior police official confirmed to The Express Tribune that the suspect in the rape and murder case of eight-year-old Zainab in Kasur had been apprehended.

“I’m confirming that the Zainab’s rapist and murderer has been nabbed after consecutive efforts for the last 14 days to this effect,” Shehbaz said while addressing a news conference in Lahore on Tuesday evening.

He was flanked by Zainab’s father besides other provincial officials.

“The culprit, Imran is 24-years-old, is a resident of Kasur and a serial killer,” the chief minister added.

Shehbaz went on to say that the arrest only became possible with the collective efforts of the civil and military intelligence agencies.

Nation demands Zainab’s culprit be hanged publicly

“I’m grateful to MI [Military Intelligence] and the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] for their cooperation to nab the culprit,” he said, adding, “I’m especially thankful to the forensic department which ran 1,150 DNA samples in order to materialise the arrest.”

The Punjab CM further said: “I request the chief justice to ensure swift justice and exemplary punishment to the innocent girl’s murderer.”

Zainab was kidnapped on January 4 from near her aunt’s house in Kasur. Her body was discovered five days later from a garbage heap. The post-mortem report revealed that she had been raped and murdered.

The man arrested for the murder was not only close to her family but was also helping them when they were searching for her when she went missing earlier this month. Imran was a frequent visitor to the minor’s house.

A mechanic by profession, the prime suspect also participated in the protests held against the girl’s murder.

Imran was picked up earlier by the police, but was released after Zainab’s family intervened, identifying him as someone familiar and trusted.

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