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25 January 2018, 01:47 | Colleen Roy
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Leader of the Opposition, Khursheed Ahmed Shah on Wednesday expressed rage over Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif's applause on finding the murderer of eight-year-old Zainab.
Sharif said the suspect's DNA was tested and presented a 100 percent match with evidence found at the scene.
There has been no immediate comment either from the accused or his lawyers.
Police in Pakistan have arrested a suspect in connection with the killing of Zainab Amin, a seven-year-old girl whose death prompted widespread protests.
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.
Zainab Ansari was found dead in a rubbish dump on January 9 in Kasur, several days after her disappearance.
Kasur was previously at the center of a child sexual abuse scandal in which a gang of over two dozen men was accused of blackmailing scores of children into making sex videos between 2009 and 2014.
The prime suspect in the Zainab rape and murder case was brought to the court under tight security. She appeared to have been raped, he said.
A spokesperson for the Punjab government said the suspect was arrested from Pakpattan.
Sharif said the provincial forensics lab processed 1,150 samples of DNA before arresting Imran.
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. He has since confessed to the crime, Geo News reported sources as saying.
"We demand that his facilitators be arrested as well and swift action be taken against them too", Ansari said.
Iman had been questioned earlier by the police over the incident, but released after the victim's family called him someone "trusted".
Additionally, according to reports, Imran had shaved his beard after the incident which helped him evade arrest till now as the CCTV footage showed a man sporting a beard.
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