Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif addressed a press conference in Lahore Tuesday night to formally announce the arrest of a key suspect in the rape and murder case of six-year-old Zainab Amin.
Zainab’s murderer has been arrested’murderer and rapist is a 23-year-old man named Imran Ali, Sharif announced. The suspect is a serial killer based in Kasur who is accused of raping and murdering 6-7 girls over the course of two years.
“Our collective effort has borne fruit and the murderer has been arrested,” a triumphant Sharif announced to loud applause.
The Punjab CM thanked various ministers, officials and civilian and military intelligence agencies for tracking down the rapist after a 14-day effort.
He said DNA samples from 1,150 people were profiled and once the culprit was caught, his DNA matched a “100 per cent” with the samples collected from the crime scene.
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Sharif also said the suspect was given a polygraph test earlier today, which leaves only 5pc doubt as to his culpability. However, he said the suspect had “accepted all of his deeds” during the test which removed any remaining doubt.
The case “is an example for the nation that when we unite, we can achieve anything”, Sharif said.
He said while the first phase of the investigation has been completed with the identification of the suspect, the second was to bring this “beast” to justice.
“If it were up to me, as a person who understands some of [Zainab’s father’s] pain, I would want him hanged on the chowk [square],” the chief minister said, adding that he will request the chief justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) to ensure that the culprit is made an example of.
“If the law allows, he [the rapist] should be hanged at the square.”
Sharif said had it not been for the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA), the suspect would not have been caught. He said a DNA matching conducted for the second time had confirmed that the arrested suspect is the only culprit.