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LAHORE/PESHAWAR: DNA sample from one of the suspects has been found to match the remains collected from the body of three-year-old Asma, sources said on Tuesday – the latest development in the ongoing investigation into the rape and murder of the minor girl.
According to sources privy to the matter, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had sent DNA samples of 145 people to the Punjab Forensics Laboratory for DNA testing. One of these people’s DNA sample has matched the DNA remains from the deceased minor.
The name of the suspect in question has not been announced by the authorities yet, for fear that he may flee the country.
Following the DNA match, the Punjab government has contacted KP authorities regarding the matter.
Asma was reported missing from the Gujjar Garhi area in Mardan on January 13, and recovered dead the next day from the nearby sugarcane fields.
Dr Ashraf Tahir — the Director-General of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency — had earlier said the DNA tests conducted on the samples obtained from the deceased’s body and the crime scene proved that the minor girl was sexually assaulted before her death.