A man has been taken into Pakistani police custody over the murder and rape of seven year-old Zainab Ansari in Pakistan with confessions to a long line of other murders which has shocked many in Pakistan.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif spoke at a press conference telling the reporters, “Zainab’s murderer has been caught. His name is Muhammad Imran. He is a 24-year-old resident of Kasur…he is a serial killer.”

“He [Imran] admitted to all his crimes in a polygraph test that was conducted after his DNA matched the samples,”

“Government officials constantly struggled,” he said. “These combined efforts bore fruit and got the killer arrested.”

Zainab had been kidnapped on 4th January and her dead body was found five days later in a rubbish tip.

She was a victim of rape and murder which left the nation in shock as she was only a child of seven years old.

Upon the arrest of the killer, Cheif Minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked the Punjabs cabinet committee, IGP Punjab, Law Minister Sanaullah, additional chief secretary home and other intelligence officials the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Military Intelligence.

He further said: “I am most thankful to DG Forensic Lab who profiled 1,150 DNAs to find the killer.”

“I promised Zainab’s parents that my team and I will do everything in our power to catch the culprit and we delivered within 14 days.”

He added, “Zainab’s father wants the man to be publicly hanged but the court will decide the future course of this case.”

Forensic tests confirmed the DNA of killer Muhammad Imran matched the sample found from the body of Zainab Ansari to be a one hundred per cent match. (Picture: Geo News)