Kasur rape-murder case: Zainab's killer awarded death sentence on 4 counts

01:15 PM | 17 Feb, 2018
Kasur rape-murder case: Zainab's killer awarded death sentence on 4 counts
LAHORE - An anti-terrorism court on Saturday found Imran Ali, prime accused in Zainab rape and murder in Kasur, guilty and awarded him four counts of the death sentence.

ATC Judge Sajja Ahmed, announcing the verdict in Kot Lakhpat Jai, also sentenced Imran Ali to life in jail, besides imposed fines of Rs3.2 million. Ali has also been given seven year in jail along with a fine of Rs1 million for disrepecting the body of the victim.

The culprit has been handed sentences for murdering a child, kidnapping a child, rape of a minor, and committing an unnatural act with a minor.

The prosecution counsel talking to media said that Punjab government made hectic efforts to arrest the accused, adding that Imran Ali was given free trial despite his confession.

He said that case was proved through scientific evidence, adding, “Our judiciary now uses DNA evidence like other countries to conclude a case”.

The prosecutor said that Ali will now have 15 days to challenge the verdict in the higher court. If the courts upheld the decision the accused will have last option of filing paradon appeal with President of Pakistan.

Amin Ansari, father of the seven-year-old victim was also present when the court announced its decision. Ansar also expressed satisfaction over the verdict as he has been demanded strictest punishment for the accused.

Judge Sajjad Ahmed reserved the verdict on Thursday after recording statements of 56 prosecution witnesses in the case. The court first took up the case on Jan 24, while the prime accused, Imran Ali had confessed to raping and killing the seven-year-old girl, Zainab Ansari of the first day of his trial.

Zainab's father also thanked Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for taking the personal interest in the case. The court will announce the verdict in his presence.

Zainab was kidnapped from near her aunt’s house on January 4 in Kasur. Her body was recovered from a garbage heap on January 9. The post-mortem of the minor revealed that she had been raped before being murdered.

During a hearing of the case on Wednesday, Imran Ali confessed to raping and killing at least six other minor girls in Kasur, besides Zainab.

He confessed to killing Ayesha Asif, whose body was found on January 7, 2017; Iman Fatima, who was found dead on February 24, 2017; Noor Fatima, found dead on April 11, 2017 and Laiba Saleem, who was found on July 8, 2017. All the victim girls were seven years old. The other victims remain unidentified.

On Wednesday, the defence counsel, Mehar Shakeel Multani, informed the judge that after the suspect's confession, his conscience cannot allow him to defend a hardened criminal.

ATC prosecutor Abdul Rauf Wattoo, in previous hearings, presented evidence including CCTV footage, DNA test, polygraph test, accused’s clothes and other things in the court.

On Monday, the anti-terrorism court on Monday indicted the prime accused in the Zainab rape case. Judge Sajjad Ahmed took up the case inside the Kot Lakhpat jail where he read charge sheet for accused.

The Lahore High Court has directed the trial court to give a verdict within seven days of the suspect’s indictment.

Imran Ali was arrested on Jan 23 after his DNA matched the samples taken from the crime scene.

After the police arrested Imran, the suspect confessed to assaulting eight minor girls at an under-construction site.

Public Execution Demanded

After the tragic incident surfaced in Kasur, people from all walks of life demanded exemplary punishment, including public execution, for the accused.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 9 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 307
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Japanese Yen JPY 3.41 3.52
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 746.71
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold remains under pressure in Pakistan; Check today gold rates here

Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 9 December 2023

On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,600, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,560.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs199,465, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs190, 400 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,200.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Saturday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Karachi PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Islamabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Peshawar PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Quetta PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sialkot PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Attock PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujranwala PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Jehlum PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Multan PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Bahawalpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujrat PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nawabshah PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Chakwal PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Hyderabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nowshehra PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sargodha PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Faisalabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Mirpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530


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