Forensic officials confirmed that the DNA sample from accused Ali matches with the sample found from girl’s body.

Lahore : A 23-year-old neighbour has been arrested in the brutal rape and murder case of a minor girl and his DNA sample matched with the sample found from the victim’s body, days after the heinous crime in Kasur city in Pakistan’s Punjab province sparked a national outrage.

Police sources confirmed suspect Imran Ali, a neighbour of the seven-year-old victim, had confessed to his crime before an investigation team.

Forensic specialists confirmed that the DNA sample from accused Ali matches with the sample found from the girl’s body, Geo News reported, citing its sources.

The accused’s DNA also matches the samples taken from seven other minor girls who were abused and murdered earlier in the area, it said. Ali was known to the girl’s family and would also frequent her house, police sources said.

They said Ali had been taken into custody over two weeks ago but was let go on the victim family’s plea that ‘he could not be a culprit’.

On January 5, the girl had gone missing while going to a religious tuition centre near her house in Kasur city, some 50-km from Lahore. Her parents had been in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah and she had been living with her maternal aunt.

After her abduction, a CCTV footage showed her walking with a stranger near Peerowala Road.

On January 9, her body was recovered from a heap of trash near the Shahbaz Khan Road. Autopsy report had confirmed rape.

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