PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan on Wednesday praised the performance of police leading to arrest of a key suspect in the case of rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Hangu.
The suspect, identified as Ilyas, sexually assaulted and murdered the minor after kidnapping her, the police said.
Khan vowed to give exemplary punishment to the suspect and directed the officials concerned to extend their full support to the bereaved family.
The minor was reportedly found raped and murdered in Saro Khel village, Hangu district on Sunday.
The initial investigation had said she was brutally murdered after being subjected to sexual assault.
The horrifying incident of the brutal rape and murder of the minor in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district sparked uproar and protest on social media with people using #JusticeForMadiha to demand justice for the minor victim.
Earlier, the local police had rounded up 16 men on suspicion of their involvement in the case. A first information report (FIR) of the horrific incident was registered with the Doaba police station.