Asma’s ‘rapist and murderer’ turns out to be a 15-year-old boy from Mardan

  • Prime accused identified as relative of the victim girl

PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police on Wednesday announced that 15-year-old boy has been arrested in four-year-old Asma rape-kill case. The accused has confessed to the crime.

Inspector General (IG) Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Salahuddin Mehsud the accused in the “blind case” was traced using DNA samples collected from a single drop of blood found on a leaf in the sugarcane fields, the crime spot.

On Jan 13, the four-year-old had gone missing while playing outside her house in the Jandarpar Gujjar Garhi area of Mardan. On January 14, body of the four-year-old Asman was found in nearby sugarcane fields.

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Mardan talking to media said that the Punjab government informed on Tuesday that DNA matched the samples taken during investigation. He added that a friend of the prime accused have also been arrested.

The police also presented the accused, identified as Ghulam Nabi, with face covering before media. RPO said that the accused, who worked at a local hotel, is relative of the victim girl.

Autopsy report confirms 4-year-old Asma was raped before being strangled

He added that Ghulam Nabi took the girls to sugarcane fields and killed her when she tried to shout while being raped.

On Tuesday, Punjab government informed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government that two DNAs matched the samples sent by the latter matched the sample taken from the body of minor girl, killed in Mardan after being raped, local media reported.

Investigating the case, the KP police had sent samples of 145 people to the Punjab fScience Agency (PFSA) for screening.

Zainab Case

In January, Punjab police had solved a same kind of case in which a seven-year-old girl, Zainab, was killed and raped in Kasur. The police trace the main accused, identified as Imran Ali after his DNA matched samples taken from the crime scene.

Zainab was kidnapped on January 4 when she was on her way to Holy Quran class. Her body was discovered five days later from a garbage pile. The post-mortem report revealed that the minor girl had been raped and murdered.