The police announced finding a DNA sample match of a suspect on Monday, arrested in the rape and murder case of a seven-year-old girl in Pir Jo Goth, Khairpur.
The tests were conducted at the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences' forensic laboratory. The test report has also been issued.
The police had submitted samples of 126 suspects for testing, out of which the DNA of accused Abdul Larik matched the sample collected from the slain minor's body.
Earlier, it was reported that the family of a minor girl, who was subjected to rape before being murdered in Khairpur district earlier this month, had expressed distrust on the police investigation in the case and demanded a judicial inquiry to bring the culprits to book.
According to reports, the girl belonged to a poor household, and was employed as a domestic help at a few houses. She was abducted on her way back hom from work.
Her body was later discovered from the fields.
Speaking to the media at their protest camp in Pir Jo Goth, Khairpur, on January 17, the family had also suspected the involvement of the sons of a local influential person in the crime.
Zameer Hussain Larik, an uncle of the slain girl, said the police had failed to arrest the real killer/killers.
"There has been no headway in the investigation," he said, maintaining that only a judicial inquiry could give justice to the slain child.
"When we went to their village, Hadil Shah, sons of Zahid Shah asked us to search for my missing sister in the agricultural fields. They also asked us not to report the matter to the police," alleged Hijab Larik, the slain girl's sister.
Her uncles gave the same account.
They said the next day they found the girl's body in a banana field. The family believes that the slain girl was killed elsewhere and her body was thrown in the field.
The incident's FIR was registered at Pir Jo Goth police station under Sections 302, 376/2, 364-A and 201 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
Unidentified persons had been nominated in the FIR.
According to the FIR, the slain girl was subjected to rape and violence as signs of strangulation were found on her neck.
It further states that the girl left her home on January 9, 2021 for Hadal Shah village, where she was employed as a domestic worker. But she did not return home even after two days.
On January 11, her family went to her employer's house to enquire about her, but was told that she hadn't come to work for the past three days.
The family said she used to stay back at her employer's house, because of which they did not take her absence seriously at first.