Punjab

Zainab’s rape, murder carried out by serial killer: Punjab govt

Malik Ahmad Khan, the spokesperson of the Punjab government, claimed on Friday that the suspect in the Zainab murder case is a serial killer who kidnaps and kills young girls.
Khan made the claim on basis of witness accounts.
He was addressing a press conference in Kasur alongside Punjab education minister Rana Mashood and health minister Khawaja Imran Nazir.
Seven-year-old Zainab, a resident of Road Kot area of Kasur, had gone missing on January 4 when she ventured out of the house. Her body was found in a garbage pile near Kashmir Chowk five days later.
The incident led to national outrage and violent protests in Kasur in which two protesters were killed.
Khan said it was worrisome that these incidents occurred in a close vicinity, but added that the suspect will be brought to book.
He also condemned the death of two protesters due to police firing on Wednesday.
Speaking earlier, Mashood said they are hoping for a breakthrough after arresting a few suspects.
He informed that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif is personally monitoring the case.
Mashood appealed to protesters to not damage property during their protests over the incident.