Police Arrest Suspected Rapist, Killer Of Zainab Ansari

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif addressed a press conference in Lahore Tuesday night to formally announce the arrest of a key suspect in the rape and murder case of six-year-old Zainab Amin. The accused, Imran Ali, also confessed to the crime before the investigation agency.

The Senate committee's recommendations were the outcome of its deliberations focused on the Zainab case.

Samaa.com reports sources claiming the suspect believed his father and he were under the influence of jinns (spirits).

"The beast has confessed to have committed the past such crimes, " he said.

Iman had been questioned earlier by the police over the incident, but released after the victim's family called him someone "trusted".

"If the law permits and the court allows, I wish to hang such a beast publicly, " said Sharif.

Two brothers and five sisters of the suspect were also detained while his house was shut as the locals attempted to set it on fire.

Zainab's family said police did not respond after they reported their daughter's disappearance. The alleged abuse, thought to date back to at least 2009, was uncovered in 2015 and a number of suspects arrested.

Expressing dissatisfaction over progress in the probe into the rape-murder of the minor girl, a member of the bench remarked the investigators had zeroed in on just one angle of the case. CCTV footage of the day she was abducted showed her walking off calmly with a man identified as her kidnapper. Autopsy report had confirmed rape.

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.

Police found Zainab Ansari's body in a garbage dumpster in Kasur district near the eastern city of Lahore last week, four days after she was reported missing.

The rape and murder of Zainab marked the 12th such incident in a year, leading to extensive protests in Pakistan and the death of 2 people in the Kasur district when police fired at hundreds of angry protesters who said that government negligence was behind the repeated incidents.

  • Tracy Klein