Zainab murder case: Residents surround house of suspected Kasur serial rapist, murderer

Erika Holt
January 23, 2018

"We have found some initial evidence [against the suspect] and there is well-found reason to believe that he is the culprit", the spokesperson said.

The suspect Imran who is said to be 24-years-old was familiar with Zainab's family and would also frequent the minor girl's house, police sources told Geo News.

Reports say the suspect named Imran is a resident of the same area and lived in close proximity to the house of Zainab's aunt. "Sometimes he would keep a beard, sometimes he would wear spectacles, and he would change his clothes", Khan said, adding that some of the suspect's accomplices are also in police custody.

The suspect's appearance also matches the appearance of the individual seen with Zainab in CCTV footage recovered by police, according to police sources.

As the Kasur incident ramped up pressure on the performance of the government, a high-profile joint investigation team (JIT) was formed to solve the case.

He informed that Zainab's rape and murder was the eighth incident of similar nature that had taken place in Kasur since June 2015.

The post-mortem report revealed that she was sexually assaulted and murdered. The police could probe the case in multiple traditional ways, he added.

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However, owing to vast pressure over immediate justice for the minor, the District Police Officer ordered that the suspects of the Zainab Ansari rape and murder case be rounded up and interrogated again.

It was only during his second arrest that the police conducted the DNA tests and confirmed his involvement.

Zainab was abducted on January 04 from Kasur's Kot Road area.

TV channels aired the photo alongside pictures of her lifeless body abandoned on a heap of garbage in her home city of Kasur.

Violent protests gripped the Kasur city following Zainab's murder that claimed two lives.

There were 4,139 cases of child sexual abuse reported in Pakistan in 2016, according to Sahil, an organization documenting child abuse in the country.

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