Innocents arrested during Zainab murder case probe still in police custody


KASUR: Some innocent government employees and aged people are still in police custody even after the main accused in the rape and murder case of minor Zainab was arrested last week.

According to the details, the police arrested hundreds of people to trace the accused in the Zainab murder case. While some were released on spot, others are still in police custody. The police also conducted more than 1200 DNA tests to trace the accused.

Sources told Pakistan Today that the Kasur police also arrested railway employees including Haneef, Niaz and Qaimuddin nine days before the arrest of the main accused Imran. The employees, who are more than 60 years of age with their retirement ceremonies expected within the ongoing week, have still not been set free.

The police have told the media that even though the railway employees are innocent, they would not be released till higher authorities order the police to do so.


An innocent man who was taken into custody by the police during the Zainab murder case investigation allegedly committed suicide on Monday.

According to reports, Muhammad Sharif who worked as a spiritual healer in Peerowal was arrested by the police following the tragic rape and murder incident of minor Zainab in Kasur. Although the results of the DNA test conducted on Sharif had not matched with that of the killer and the prime suspect was arrested last week, the police continued to keep him in custody.

Staying in the police custody for ten days, Sharif allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan.

The family of the victim has said that Sharif was mentally ill, but they were informed by the locals that the Kasur police tortured him during the investigation, which later led him to commit suicide.


Zainab, who was the 12th minor victim of rape and murder in Kasur since 2015, went missing on January 4 while heading towards a relative’s home. Her bruised body was found a few days later in a garbage dump in the city.

The news shocked the entire country with #JusticeforZainab becoming the rallying cry while violent protests broke out in Kasur.

At least four agencies — the Counter Terrorism Department, the Intelligence Bureau, the Special Branch and the Punjab Forensic Science Agency — had been seized with the case and each agency arrested suspects separately while investigating the matter.