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Zainab’s Murderer Hanged To Death in Kot Lakhpat Jail

Lahore (October 17, 2018): Imran Ali, convicted of raping and murdering seven-year-old Zainab and several others, has been hanged to death in the Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore on Wednesday morning.

Imran Ali was hanged in the presence of Superintendent Kot Lakhpat Jail, Magistrate and medical officer.

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Zainab’s father Amin Ansari was also present in the premises of the jail. Tight security arrangements were made around Kot Lakhpat Jail before the execution of Imran Ali.

Four members of Imran’s family, including his father and uncle, were present in jail to receive his body.

Talking to media outside the Central Jail Kot Lakhpat, Zainab’s father Haji Ameen said he is satisfied that the justice is done as he witnessed the murderer’s execution. However, he lamented the court’s decision to dismiss his petition to hang the killer publicly.

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He added that the relatives of the convicted did not made any contacts to him or his family in regard with the decision of murderer’s execution.

Earlier on October 16, the Lahore High Court rejected a plea seeking public hanging of convict Imran for the rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab.

A two-member bench of the LHC, comprising Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan, heard the plea for Imran’s public execution which was filed by Zainab’s father Haji Ameen. The provincial home secretary, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amjad Javed Saleemi, and convict Imran had been made respondents to the plea.

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As the LHC heard the plea today, the counsel of Zainab’s father, Ishtiaq Chaudhry, argued, “A public execution can be carried out as per Section 22 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.”

The court, however, rejected the plea and said, “Read Section 22. It states that this is the government’s domain and we are not the government.”

On February 2017, Imran was handed four separate death sentences after being convicted of the rape and murder of Zainab.

He further received life imprisonment and fine totalling 3.2 million rupees ($30,000) for additional charges of hiding the victim’s body. One million rupees of the fine was also decided to be given in compensation to Zainab’s family.

On June 12, Supreme Court (SC) had turned down Imran’s plea against the death sentence.Zainab was found dead in a skip on January 9, 2017, in Kasur district near Lahore several days after her disappearance.

Imran was arrested two weeks after he committed the crime that ignited nationwide protests. Taking suo moto notice, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) ordered the concerned authorities to submit the report within 24 hours.

The rape and murder of Zainab Ansari was the 12th such case in Kasur district in the last year.

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