Supreme Court to take up Zainab rape, murder case today

Ruben Hill
January 21, 2018

It is worth mentioning here that Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had expressed annoyance over lack of progress in Zainab murder case during the previous hearing.

The CCTV footage shows the suspect roaming around the home of the minor victim's maternal aunt on January 04, the day she had gone missing while going to her aunt's house.

The Supreme Court is set to take up today the high-profile rape and murder case of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur. Her body was recovered on Jan 9 from a heap of trash in Kasur.

During multi-media briefing to the bench, Muhammad Idrees explained the events of Zainab's disappearance, rape and murder.

At the last hearing on Tuesday, the court had summoned the JIT probing the incident as well as the head of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency.

Several similar incidents had taken place in the same city, what police had done so far to arrest culprits, the chief justice asked.

According to sources within the police, the radius of the investigation may be further increased as no substantial breakthrough has been made in the case so far.

A police officer told the Chief Justice that the DNA tests of 800 suspects had been conducted.

He added that all incidents have taken place within the jurisdiction of three police stations, with the first two incidents having taken place in the remit of the Saddar Division police station.

The court also enquired into the treatment of Kainat, another victim of abuse in Kasur who is admitted to a hospital in Lahore.

Justice Nisar also stressed upon the progress of the emerging cognate cases.

Police say they have been continuously conducting operations and arresting on a daily basis suspected individuals, who, once questioned and cleared, are let go. They remarked that the method taken by investigating team would require taking DNA samples of 21 million people, directing police to take measures other than DNA tests to solve the case.

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