Man convicted of raping, murdering seven-year-old hanged in Lahore jail

Man convicted of raping, murdering seven-year-old hanged in Lahore jail

Imran Ali, convicted of raping and murdering seven-year-old Zainab and several others, has been hanged in the Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore on Wednesday morning. Tight security arrangements were made around Kot Lakhpat Jail before the execution of Imran Ali.

Contingents of police and anti-riot forces surrounded Kot Lakhpat jail at the time of Ali's hanging.

Zainab's father, Amin Ansari, said after the execution that he was "satisfied".

Seven-year-old Zainab Amin was abducted on January 4 from nearby her aunt's house in Kasur where she was going for learning the Holy Quran. "Her mother is devastated from grief".

Ansari also thanked the chief justice of Pakistan and said that the "murderer had met his fate today".

Talking to media after the meeting, Imran Ali's relative Ali Muhammad said the family never went to Kasur after the incident. Two people were killed in clashes.

Chilling CCTV footage broadcast on television following the killing purportedly showed the young girl - Zainab Fatima Ameen - walking hand-in-hand with an unidentified man, in what may have been her last moments.

He was awarded a life imprisonment for sodomy and another penalty was for concealing the young girl's body in a trash heap. Murder charges were added to the FIR on Jan 9, after the victim's body was recovered.

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During the investigation, Ali's DNA matched with the samples collected from Zainab's body and the bodies of seven other minors.

The Punjab government had declared the arrest of Ali, the prime suspect, on January 23 after a widespread manhunt. A fine of one million rupees was also slapped on the convict alongside a sum of one million as blood money.

After he was sentenced to death for raping and murdering Zainab, Imran Ali was convicted for similar crimes against six more girls. He then appealed to the Supreme Court against the conviction.

His appeals against the verdict failed and earlier in October President Arif Alvi rejected a plea for clemency.

The ATC directed the jail superintendent to execute the warrants and submit a compliance report.

Prior to the recent flood of cases, Kasur was already infamous for sexual abuse, after authorities uncovered a huge paedophile ring in the city in 2015.

Laws for the protection of children must be made in line with global laws, he said, and existing laws that deal with crimes against women could be expanded to include crimes against children.

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