Lahore (February 12, 2018): The anti-terrorism court on Monday indicted Imran Ali, who is accused of raping and killing eight-year old Zainab.
The case proceedings were been carried out at a special anti-terror court in Kot Lakhpat Jail.
It is pertinent to mention here that the prime accused in the Zainab rape and murder case, Imran Ali Naqshbandi was produced before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday after the expiry of his extended physical remand.
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During the hearing, Punjab Prosecutor General Syed Ihtesham Qadir submitted a report over the case, revealing that the suspect was also involved in rape of eight other minor girls. He said that the next hearing will be conducted in the jail due to security concerns.
Moreover, Punjab Prosecutor General Ahtesham Qadir informed that the next proceedings will take place inside the jail. He told that a special cell has been formed at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail for the trial.
Booked by the police for raping and killing eight minor girls, including seven-year-old Zainab, in Kasur, Imran was presented before the ATC on February 6 as well, a day before the expiry of his 14-day physical remand, amid high security.Zainab was kidnapped from near her aunt’s house in Kasur on January 4. Her body was discovered in a garbage heap five days later.
On January 23, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a news conference confirmed that Imran had murdered Zainab, referring to him as a “serial killer” alleging his role in the rape and murders of seven other girls in Kasur in recent years.After the police arrested Imran, the suspect reportedly confessed to assaulting eight minor girls at an under-construction site and two others in a garbage heap. He also admitted to murdering five minor girls at an under-construction site and throwing away the bodies of three others in a garbage pile, sources said.
Two people were killed in Kasur the day after Zainab’s body was recovered, when police fired at hundreds of angry protesters, who said negligence on the part of the authorities was behind the repeated killings.