Pak SC orders police to arrest Zainab's killer within 72 hours

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Police arrested these two brothers from a site outside district Kasur where they were hiding them.

No important arrest has been made so far in connection with the rape and murder case of seven-year-old girl Zainab as police widened the scope of investigation to hunt down a serial killer.

The incidents took place within the jurisdiction of two police stations, but no one bothered to carry out an inquiry, he observed.

As the proceedings started, Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head RPO Muhammad Idrees, the PFSA DG and other police officials appeared before the bench in response to the court orders of January 16. "If police continues the probe in this way, DNA tests of 210 million people will have to be conducted", he remarked.

Also on Friday, Punjab Inspector General of Police Arif Nawaz said that investigators were going in the right direction. "Give us justice", they pleaded before the court.

The police released the new video, which, they say, can help in connecting the dots to zero in on the culprit.

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Dr Tahir, however, expressed willingness to share some information about the case which he couldn't tell in the courtroom, prompting the bench to conduct the hearing in camera. He said that Zainab's case is the latest in eight similar incidents of assault and murder since 2015.

The chief justice summoned the police officer and others to his chamber for further hearing of the case.

The matter came into media spotlight after seven-year-old Zainab was found dead in a heap of garbage and a photo of her lifeless body went viral on social media.

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

The chief justice will also hear the suo motu notices of Lahore's pollution, hospital waste management, high fees in medical colleges and substandard law colleges.