Sharif added that Ali, a resident of Kasur district, confessed to the murder of Zainab and that his DNA matched samples found on her body. Police then traced and rounded him up again after some clues.
Muhammad Amin Ansari, Zainab's father, thanked authorities for tracking down the suspect and called for him to be publicly executed.
He questioned Punjab government competency for apprehending other suspects involved in similar cases.
Imran, familiar with Zainab's family and a frequent visitor, was arrested Tuesday morning from his house while some reports stated that he had been taken into custody from Pakpattan.
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A JIT was formed by the Punjab government following the brutal rape and murder of Zainab. Police earlier arrested him but he got rid by deceiving police showing himself as a patient of epilepsy, though, when police failed to catch the culprit after DNA test of all neighbours of Zainab then they chose to test Imran's DNA which made his game over. Chief Justice of Pakistan had also taken suo moto notice of the incident. The post-mortem of the minor revealed that she had been raped before being murdered.
Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik asked the police to focus on other angles of the case too, reminding them that the DNA testing was not the only way to trace the culprit.
In the first week of January, the body of an eight-year-old girl was found from a trash dump. Her body was discovered five days later from a garbage pile.
If the police continued the probe in this way, DNA tests of 210 million people will have to be conducted, he said.
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ECSO posted to Facebook an update saying students, under police guard, were being moved as the investigation continues. The injured girl, whose name was not released, was taken to hospital in Dallas, about 70 km north of Italy town.
"Zainab's murderer has been caught".
Zainab's rape and murder had prompted widespread protests not just in Kasur but across the country, with mobs going violent against the police and lawmakers in some areas.
The incident blew the lid on the horrifying reality of how children in a brutalized society are vulnerable to sexual abuse.
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