Pakistan: Convict Imran Ali hanged for raping and murdering eight minor girls
Imran Ali, a Pakistani serial killer who was convicted of raping and murdering at least eight minor girls including Zainab, was executed on Wednesday morning.
According to the report published in Dawn, Ali was executed at the Kot Lakhpat Central Jail in Lahore in the presence of both Magistrate Adil Sarwar and the victim’s father, Muhammad Amin. The girl’s uncle was also present at the jail. Imran was hanged at 5:30 AM.
Notably, Imran Ali was awarded a death sentence on 21 counts after he was convicted of the rape and murder of at least eight minor girls, including Zainab.
Zainab was kidnapped on January 4 this year from near her aunt’s house in Kasur. Her body was found five days later in a garbage heap.
On January 23, investigation agencies had claimed of arresting Imran Ali – a serial killer involved in other similar crimes – through a DNA match. During the investigation, Imran confessed to his heinous crimes.
On February 17, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the case of Zainab’s rape and murder had sentenced Imran to death. Appealing against the ATC’s verdict, Ali had claimed innocence before the Lahore High Court and pleaded for the verdict to be declared null and void. However, the appeal was dismissed.