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Tariq Butt, Staff Reporter
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar told reporters that 27-year-old suspect, Sohail Shahzad, has been identified through scientific investigation into the case using polygraphic and DNA tests.
He said law enforcement agencies did geo-fencing of 1,649 suspects and conducted DNA tests of 1,543 citizens to unearth the identity of the culprit.
"Semen on the clothes of one boy and bloodstains on the clothes of another matched the samples taken from the suspect,” said Buzdar, adding that the suspect was behind all four sodomy and murder cases.
He said the suspect would be tried in an anti-terrorism court where hearings would be held on a daily basis. "I will supervise the Chunian case myself,” he said.
The chief minister said an incident of child molestation also took place in Hussain Wala Village after which an innocent girl was murdered after being molested and now in 2019 four children — Faizan, Ali Hassan, Salman Akram, and Muhammad Imran — were also murdered after being subjected to molestation.
"I was performing Umrah in Saudi Arabia when I was informed about the tragic incident. On my return, I immediately visited Chunian and met the bereaved families and promised to provide them justice,” said Buzdar, appreciating and commending the dedicated work of police.
"Investigation into this case has been carried out on a scientific basis. All resources were provided to the police for tracing the accused. Strict legal action will be taken against the accused according to the law and justice will be provided to the bereaved families,” he said.
Sohail Shahzad is rickshaw driver, who allegedly kidnapped four children from Chunian industrial area and later took them to an abandoned spot, where he raped and then strangled them to death. His victims, who ranged from the ages of 8-12 years, first went missing in June.
The application “Mera Bacha Alert” would be connected with Pakistan Citizen Portal so that the progress on any case, including the recovery of the child, could be monitored, a press release issued by the PM Office Media Wing said.
The resolution was presented in the parliament by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan and passed by all lawmakers, apart from those of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
An interim report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry found children, some from as young as nine months old, suffered years of abuse, which included rape and electric shock treatment, by staff at psychiatric and state care facilities, clergy and foster guardians.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill held a fiery media conference in which he lashed out at Shirazi for criticising the government’s economic policies in her article.
Sheikh Mohammed exchanged cordial conversations with Simonyte about the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to advance economic relations towards a new stage that achieves the interests of the two countries and their development aspirations in various fields of common interest, foremost of which are the sectors of advanced technology, innovation, and renewable energy.
This was announced by the Seismology Department of the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), which monitors earthquake activities in the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied during the visit by his sons, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, and Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.