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Zainab Murderer Challenges ATC Verdict In LHC, Says Not Guilty

Lahore (February 20, 2018): Imran Ali, who was convicted by an Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday for the rape and murder of 6-year-old Zainab, has appealed to the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the verdict that handed him death penalty on four counts.

The appeal was submitted in the high court on Tuesday by jail officials in Ali’s name. In the appeal, the convict claims to be not guilty.

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“The trial was conducted in haste and legal requirements were not fulfilled during the trial,” Ali said in his appeal while asking the court to overturn the ATC’s verdict.

On 17 February, Anti Terrorist Court (ATC) gave sentence to death four times to Imran Ali Naqshbandi, who raped and murdered Zainab and Eight other innocent girls.

According to the details, Anti Terrorist Court has announced verdict in Zainab Murder Case few minutes ago. According to the verdict court has given death sentence four times to Imran Ali Naqshbandi.

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ATC-I Judge Sajjad Ahmad conducted the proceedings of the trial on daily basis in compliance with the directions of the Lahore High Court at Kot Lakhpat Jail.

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The court has also sentenced Imran to life imprisonment. The culprit was also handed a fine Rs1 million.

Zainab’s father, Mohammad Amin, reached the court earlier today amid high security, to hear the verdict.

Prosecutor General Ehtasham Qadir said the suspect was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering Zainab .He said the convict was sentenced to death on four counts and awarded life imprisonment , seven year jail term and Rs700,000 fine on other counts.

The prosecution counsel said that his team has brought the culprit to justice. He further said that the government of Punjab made countless efforts to put the culprit behind the bar.

“Our judiciary now uses DNA evidence like other countries to conclude a case,” he said in a media briefing after the verdict was announced.He further said that despite the confession they wanted to give him a fair trial and prove the case through scientific evidence. Ali will now have 15 days to approach the court to file an appeal.

The verdict was announced in Kot Lakhpat jail amidst tight security. Zainab’s father was also present for the verdict.

The defence and prosecution concluded their arguments earlier this week in the high-profile case, which was heard inside Kot Lakhpat Jail where the accused, Imran Ali Naqshbandi, is jailed on remand.

Earlier on February 15,  the anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the rape and murder case of seven-year-old Zainab reserved its verdict.The defence and prosecution concluded their arguments in the high-profile case,which was being heard inside Kot Lakhpat Jail, where the accused, Imran Ali is jailed on remand.

A total of 56 witnesses including Zainab’s uncle and brother recorded their statements against Imran. The prosecutor informed the court that the forensic report and polygraph test proved that Imran murdered Zainab.

A day before in a 10 hour long proceeding of the case, 16 witnesses recorded their statements including the uncle and brother of Zainab. Overall 36 witnesses had testified in this case.

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The accused in Zainab murder case on Tuesday confessed to his crime and said that he chose child girls as it is easy to carry out any activity with them.

The accused admitted that he had raped nine girls including Zainab on which the judge gave him 40 minutes to take his time and consult with his counsel before giving his statement again.

When the court proceedings began after 40 minutes, the accused once again admitted his crime on which the court asked the prosecution to record the testimony of the accused.The sources said that it took more than four hours to record the testimony of the accused due to his long list of heinous crimes. The court also allowed the prosecution to record testimonies of the witnesses.

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.

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