Key suspect behind Pak. girl's killing arrested

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Imran is "Naat Khuwan" and has installed sound system in his house to fulfill his doting.

Another senior police official said Ali had been arrested days after the killing but was later released by authorities after he denied involvement. He has since confessed to the crime, Geo News reported sources as saying.

Father of the minor victim, Amin Ansari, confirmed the arrested suspect lived in the same area.

"Our collective efforts have borne fruit and the murderer has been arrested", the chief minister announced to loud applause. Residents of the area have said the murder was the 12th such incident in a year, setting off fears of a serial rapist killer on the loose. He has studied till class four or five as per the details shared by police officials.

The suspect has claimed that he and his father were under the influence of jinns (supernatural spirits). Reports say that a video has emerged of her walking hand-in-hand with a stranger and police are verifying the footage. The minor, who was a resident of the Kasur district of Pakistan's Punjab province, was kidnapped on her way to a tuition centre on January 4. Autopsy report had confirmed rape.

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Two people were killed in Kasur the day after Zainab's body was recovered when police fired at hundreds of angry protesters, who said negligence on the part of the authorities was behind the repeated killings.

A JIT was formed by the Punjab government following the brutal rape and murder of Zainab.

It was not immediately clear whether the same suspect is linked to the deaths of eight other children.

ATC judge Sheikh Sajjad will conduct hearing in the case.

Appearing before the Supreme Court's Lahore Registry on Sunday, DIG Idrees submitted a progress report and informed the court that Zainab's was the eighth incident of child abuse in Kasur since June 2015. "I requested them [officials] to not discuss it after the match was found". Nevertheless, the Punjab Forensic Laboratory sought more time to reach any conclusion.

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