The Supreme Court docket on Saturday wrapped up the suo moto discover on Zainab murder case after the Punjab Inspector Common Arif Nawaz informed the court docket challan of the case had been submitted in an Anti-Terrorism Court docket (ATC).
A 3-member bench of the apex court docket, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a suo motu case on the grisly rape and homicide of six-year-old Zainab in Kasur.
The court docket expressed satisfaction over the investigation of police into the matter and concluded the listening to after reviewing a report submitted by the Punjab IGP.
The trial of the suspected rapist and murderer of Zainab and 7 different women additionally started on Saturday in an ATC in Lahore.
On Friday, the ATC had granted police 14-day judicial remand of the suspect after an in depth challan towards him was submitted in court docket by the prosecution. Police had saved the suspect in bodily remand for about 16 days. The suspect had first been remanded to police custody for 14 days following his arrest final month. The court docket had subsequently granted the police a further three-day remand after he was nominated in seven different comparable instances.
The deputy prosecutor normal had informed the court docket that in the course of the investigation, the suspect had confessed to his involvement within the rape and homicide of seven youngsters in Kasur, other than Zainab.
The trial of the case could be held in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. The court docket had additionally determined that hearings of the trial might be carried out every day and the case might be accomplished inside seven days.
Zainab’s rape and homicide final month had sparked outrage throughout the nation after the six-year-old, who went lacking on Jan four, was discovered lifeless in a trash heap in Kasur on Jan 9. Her case is the 12th such incident to happen inside a 10 kilometre radius within the metropolis over the previous 12 months.
Police had confirmed on Jan 13 that the outcomes of DNA testing of samples collected from the crime scenes pointed in the direction of the involvement of 1 perpetrator in not less than seven comparable instances within the district. The Punjab authorities had declared the arrest of the prime suspect on January 23.