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Khairpur maid murder case: DNA samples match prime suspect

The deceased girl was employed as a domestic maid at a haveli owned by local influential Pir Asad Shah

In the latest development in the Khairpur maid’s murder case, the DNA samples have matched the prime suspect.

Sindh Caretaker Minister for Law and Human Rights Muhammed Omer Soomro confirmed the development that the DNA samples of Pir Asad Shah, the prime suspect in the murder case of nine-year-old housemaid Fatima Furro, have matched with the semen obtained from the victim’s clothes.

While addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Soomro claimed that initially, the DNA samples of the prime suspect did not match as the officials of the health department had destroyed the specimen due to the influence of the suspect.

However, when the DNA samples were processed at a facility in Punjab, they were a match, he added.

A DNA report earlier issued by the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in Jamshoro stated that “mixed DNA profiles” were obtained from semen stains on the clothes of the deceased girl.

A case was registered after a minor girl domestic worker at a haveli (mansion) owned by Asad Shah — a local influential — in Khairpur’s Ranipur area, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on August 14.

An autopsy of the deceased 10-year-old girl confirmed that she was also sexually abused.

A case was registered on the complaint of the deceased minor’s mother, Shabnam Khatoon, under Sections 302 (intentional murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) at Ranipur police station and an investigation was initiated.

Following this, the local police arrested suspects Pir Asad Shah, his wife Hina Shah, his father-in-law Pir Fayyaz Shah, and Imtiaz Mirasi.

The girl died in her house after having been discharged from hospital on the night of 14-15 Aug.

Nadeem Ali Furiro, the girl’s father, had initially claimed that she was afflicted by some stomach-related ailment, as indicated by doctors when she was taken to a local private hospital.

The police started investigations after the CCTV footage went viral on social media.

The issue came to light after video clips of a minor victim’s body bearing severe torture marks went viral on social media.

In the video, the seriously injured girl can be seen struggling to sit up on her bed but soon collapses.

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