Kasur rape case: Murderer of 8-year-old Zainab arrested

Published: January 23, 2018
Prime suspect in Zainab rape, murder case, Imran. PHOTO: FILE

Prime suspect in Zainab rape, murder case, Imran. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: A senior police official has confirmed to The Express Tribune that the suspect arrested on Tuesday is the culprit in the rape and murder of eight-year-old Zainab in Kasur.

Further information will be shared by the Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a press conference this evening.

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The suspect, identified as Imran Ali, had been arrested for his alleged involvement in the rape and murder of eight-year-old Zainab in Kasur, police officials confirmed.

People reportedly started gathering outside his residence while a heavy contingent of police was deployed at and around his house to respond to any untoward situation.

The spokesperson for Punjab government Malik Ahmad Khan said that the suspect’s DNA has been sent for confirmation.

According to Express News, police officials claimed that he has confessed to the crime.

He had previously been arrested in the case but was released.

The Supreme Court on Sunday gave a 72-hour deadline to Punjab police chief to arrest suspects involved in the rape and murder of Zainab and at least eight other children of Kasur district.

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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 news of the abduction, rape, and brutal murder of the eight-year-old shook the nation and triggered mass protests against police inaction in Kasur and other cities across the country.

At least two people were killed, allegedly by police firing, and several others injured as enraged residents attempted to storm the deputy commissioner’s office soon after the news broke earlier this month.

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Uproar on mainstream and social media led to DPO Zulfiqar Hameed’s suspension, sou motu notices taken by the chief justices of the Supreme Court and the Lahore High Court, and condemnation from all corners including civilian and military leaders.

The horrendous event brought flashbacks of the tormenting ordeal children in Kasur have had to go through for the past several years.

What do we know about the suspect so far?

The man arrested for Zainab’s 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 Ali, 24, was a frequent visitor to the minor’s house.

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

The suspect’s father was mentally unstable who passed away last month. He has two brothers and three sisters.

His two DNA tests were carried out on January 14 and January 20.


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Reader Comments (16)

  • Khalid Javaid
    Jan 23, 2018 - 1:59PM

    How his parents or family members could not identify him on seeing in the CCTV footage if he was from their neighborhood? Something still fishy Recommend

  • Asim Husain Khan
    Jan 23, 2018 - 2:36PM

    Why his pic is being displayed without DNA confirmationRecommend

  • Adil Mansoor
    Jan 23, 2018 - 3:38PM

    All legal requirement to get true evidences should met , once proved an exploratory punishment is must as this case is world known therefore will have impact on such potential criminals , but i must say aware your kids of such evil , keep eye on your kids and do maximum discussions with them . Evils are since beginning of world and will remain , need of time is to aware and protect our kids .Recommend

  • Shan
    Jan 23, 2018 - 3:39PM

    He looks nowhere near the cctv suspectsRecommend

  • Ali S
    Jan 23, 2018 - 4:38PM

    Doesn’t look like the CCTV suspect. And he’s still an accused, not convicted – why is his personal info being shared publicly? If his DNA doesn’t match (and it’s still not proven) his life will be ruined for no reason.Recommend

  • Syed
    Jan 23, 2018 - 5:01PM

    CCTV footage says it all. A culprit looks old age and had beard while Punjab Police had to show someone on his behalf within a deadline.Recommend

  • shah
    Jan 23, 2018 - 7:50PM

    Lets hope this is true and not just some scapegoat the Punjab police have arrested because they are under pressure.Recommend

  • PakPukudenguta
    Jan 23, 2018 - 8:03PM

    There is something fishy. This boy is not the one seen in the security cameras. I think real duds and mules are investigating this case.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 23, 2018 - 11:19PM

    The truth is that if pressure was not put by the media, social action forums and the Chief Justice …… this matter too would have been swept under the carpet.Recommend

  • MA
    Jan 23, 2018 - 11:26PM

    This arrest is nothing but a cover up by the authorities. Punjab police is well equipped in that. An announcement by a Chief Minister is a calculated move as there’s little room for it to be questioned by Human Rights Groups and public. Reality is different!….Recommend

  • Muzammil Faruq
    Jan 23, 2018 - 11:58PM

    Hope the media pressure did not force the police to find a scapegoat while the real culprit hunts for his next victim. Recommend

  • Gayeta Gerren
    Jan 24, 2018 - 1:10AM

    i can see he is very close to CCTV cameras, CCTV picture is scaled hieght vr width thats why hard to match for some people, but in CCTV he tried to keep beard put glasses and dressed to look differentRecommend

  • Marghoob Siddiqui
    Jan 24, 2018 - 1:33AM

    If it is true that he does not resemble CCTV camera picture then it is clear that Police has aced to show its performance. It is known by all that Police can make confess through the cruel means for a thing which has not been committed by you.Recommend

  • Justice
    Jan 24, 2018 - 7:33AM

    Can’t agree.. just face saving dramaRecommend

  • greatguy
    Jan 24, 2018 - 8:33AM

    Very doubtful…I don’t think so, please reconfirm things before hanging the person. it would be unfair if someone just given punishment to comply with deadline. Look at his eye brows in cctv cameras, which showed some portion of eye brows vanished or very light at the end part. and that CCTV footage person also seem mature and man with age 35 plus. May God help Police to identify the right person and if he is the one he should be punished the way that in future no one would dare to do this with little angels.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 24, 2018 - 10:21AM

    I agree – there is something wrong
    & the CCTV cud also be wrong .

    There has to be more than just one person in this case – Many unanswered questions. Recommend

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