LAHORE/PESHAWAR: A DNA sample from one of the suspects has been found to match the remains collected from the body of Asma, sources said on Tuesday â the latest development in the ongoing investigation into the rape and murder of the minor girl in Mardan.
According to sources privy to the matter, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had sent DNA samples of 145 suspects to the Punjab ForensicÂ Science Laboratory for DNA testing. One of the suspects' DNA sample has matched the DNA remains of the deceased minor, sources informed Geo News.Â
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 the KP government regarding the matter.
Asma was reported missing from the Gujjar Garhi area in Mardan on January 13Â and recovered dead the next day from the nearby sugarcane fields.
Dr Ashraf Tahir â the director general of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency â had earlier said the DNA tests conducted on the samples obtained from the deceasedâs body and the crime scene proved that the minor girl was sexually assaulted before her death.