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Magazine March April 2018

In one of TR Pakistan’s earlier editions in 2017, we had assessed the country’s forensic science landscape in detail, highlighting how technology was transforming policing across the country.

In January 2018, a horrific case of rape emerged in Kasur district which brought the entire country to a standstill. The ensuing investigations into little Zainab’s rape and murder case, which eventually resulted in the arrest of a serial killer, were unprecedented in Pakistan’s history – with technology and forensics playing a key role.Read more

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Solving Zainab’s Murder

When run-of-the-mill policing wasn’t helping, the forensics team came up with a radically different approach. They suggested that instead of picking and choosing suspects, DNA profiles should be made for the entire male population of the area in the target age group.

Seven-year-old Zainab’s rape and murder has remained in the limelight ever since images of the child’s body abandoned in a heap of trash started circulating on social media earlier this year.

What led the police to the suspect, identified as Imran Ali, a relative of the child, was a technique involving the most basic element in human cells, widely known as the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), that carries all our individual genetic information.

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