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CJP Nisar Takes Another Suo Moto in Zainab Murder Case

Islamabad (January 25, 2018): Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has taken another suo moto notice in Zainab Murder Case. Three Member bench will hear the case at 11.30 today. 

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Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expressed annoyance over the lack of progress during the hearing of first suo moto hearing on January 16.

Mian Saqib Nisar headed a three-member bench including Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, and remarked that the whole nation is saddened due to this incident.

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The CJP commented that it is police’s duty to conduct effective investigations, but offenders are released owing to their poor efforts. Additional IG Abu Bakr Khuda Baksh responded that interrogations are being conducted regarding the case.

He said that no timeframe can be given to arrest the suspect, and told the court that a similar incident occurred with a girl name Kainat. The victim had survived but is unable to speak now, he added.

Justice Saqib Nisar said the apex court does not want to pressurize the police, and wants to ensure that the real culprit is arrested. This case is a challenge for the police, he said.The AIG ensured the court that the responsible person will be nabbed soon. He opted the stance that a serial killer is behind all these rape and murder cases, and told that DNA samples of 400 suspects have been taken.

During the second hearing of the first suo moto, The Supreme Court gave 72 hours to the joint investigation team (JIT) probing the rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab to bring the investigation to its logical conclusion.

Zainab’s murderer has already been grabbed. Yesterday,  An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) granted police a 14-day physical remand of Zainab’s suspected murderer.

23-year-old Imran Ali, who was arrested by police on Tuesday, was produced in front of special court Judge Sajjad Ahmed today. The suspect, whose face was covered when he arrived at the court, was surrounded by officials of Punjab Elite Police Force.

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State prosecutor Abdul Rauf Watto had originally requested the court to grant a 15-day physical remand so that investigators could interrogate the suspect about his alleged involvement in other similar cases.

Telling the court about the initial investigation results, Watto said that police had learned that the suspect used to lure children by promising to buy them sweets. When the judge asked if he had any proof, Watto said that the suspect had been given a polygraph test that confirmed this claim.

When the court asked why the suspect was clean-shaven even though the initial CCTV footage showed a man with a beard, the prosecutor said that he had shaved his beard off after he allegedly murdered Zainab.After the ATC agreed to grant a 14-day remand, the suspect was taken to the Counter-Terrorism Department headquarters amid heavy security.

Chief Justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) Mansoor Ali Shah has also ordered a daily hearing of eight-year-old Zainab’s rape and murder case for which the first hearing, conducted by Judge Sheikh Sajjad today.

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Suspect Imran Ali has not only raped and murdered Zainab but is revealed to have killed seven other minor girls in a series of brutal incidents that range back to 2015.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday confirmed that the murderer of Zainab has been arrested after his DNA sample matched with that of culprit, thanking the law enforcement department and other people who helped solve the case.

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Addressing to a joint press conference including Zainab’s father and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, he lauded the role of forensic department for carrying out more than 1,100 DNA tests to trace the culprit.

“Government officials constantly struggled,” he said

“These combined efforts bore fruit — the killer has been arrested.”

“Zainab’s murderer has been caught. His name is Imran. He is 24-year-old resident of Kasur and he is a serial killer,”“He [Imran] admitted to all his crimes in a polygraph test that was conducted after his DNA matched the samples” said the chief minister.

“Government officials constantly struggled,” he said. “These combined efforts bore fruit and got the killer arrested.”

Shehbaz whole-heartedly congratulated Punjab’s cabinet committee, Law Minister Sanaullah, IGP Punjab, additional chief secretary home, chief secretary, and other intelligence officials including Military Intelligence (MI) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).“I am most thankful to DG Forensic Lab who profiled 1,150 DNAs to find the killer.”

 

Zainab was raped and murdered after abducted on January 4. Her body was found from a heap trash on January 9 in Kasur when her parents were in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

The guardians complained upon return that late Zainab had gone missing at least five days ago and the police did not cooperate with the relatives, who were looking for the missing minor.Zainab had marks of torture on nose, neck, and other parts of the body – according to the autopsy. The samples collected from her clothes and body were sent to forensic laboratory.

 

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