PFSA finds DNA match in Asma rape, murder case

PFSA finds DNA match in Asma rape, murder case

Lahore (Staff Report): Punjab Forensics Science Agency (PFSA) on Tuesday confirmed that a DNA match of the murderer, rapist of four-year-old Asma of Mardan.

According to sources, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government sent about 145 samples of DNA to be matched. Out of those, there was one match.

An autopsy report had confirmed, last month, that the minor girl had been raped before being killed.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police in Asma rape, murder and Asma Rani killing case investigation.

A three-judge bench, headed by CJP Mian Saqib Nisar heard Asma rape, murder and Asma Rani killing cases. Inspector-General K-P Salahuddin Mehsud appeared before the court.

“How good is the police force of K-P?” CJP asked. “These [suo moto] notices are taken for citizens,” the CJP observed and added, “It is mandatory for police to provide security,” he observed. “A girl suffered such a horrible fate yet there is no progress.”

The top court directed Punjab Forensic Laboratory to immediately submit forensics report to K-P police.

The apex court also summoned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf spokesperson Fawad Chaudhary to “witness” the proceedings of the cases in order to note the competency of KP police.

The chief justice remarked that Chaudhary “used to criticise other people and claims that the province has the exemplary police,” adding that the case should be heard in his presence.

SC gave concerned authorities another two weeks for investigation in this matter. The hearing has been adjourned till February 21.