Pakistan hangs rapist-killer of 7-year-old Zainab in Lahore

Mahmood Idrees 08:27 AM | 17 Oct, 2018
Pakistan hangs rapist-killer of 7-year-old Zainab in Lahore
LAHORE - Imran Ali, who was awarded death sentence for raping and killing a minor girl Zainab earlier this, was hanged to death early Wednesday at Kot Lakhpat Central Jail in Lahore.

Magistrate Adil Sarwar and Zainab's father, Muhammad Amin, who reached the jail early morning, were present on the spot when the convict was hanged.

The body of the hardcore criminal was handed over to his brother who reached the jail along with two friends and an ambulance. They took the body of the killer to Kasur for burial.

After the execution of Ali, the father of the minor girl talking to the media reiterated that the convict should be hanged publicly, but regretted that authorities did not give permission for it. "This was a golden chance for Prime Minister Imran Khan to fulfil his pledge to turn Pakistan into the state of Madinah by implementing the Islamic laws".

He concluded that killer had met his fate today.

Late on Tuesday evening, jail authorities had arranged a last meeting of some 57 relatives with Imran Ali.

The case

Imran Ali, a resident of Kasur, was involved in 12 incidents of rape and murder of minors, including Zainab’s, which he had confessed to during her murder investigation.

Seven-year-old Zainab was kidnapped from near her aunt’s house in Kasur on January 4 when she was going to tuition and her body, later, found on a garbage heap. The incident sparked outrage in Kasur as people took to streets and the situation turned into riots when the protesters and police faced off. Two people were killing during the riots.

On January 23, the authorities claimed to have nabbed Imran, a serial killer involved in other such crimes, through a DNA match.

On February 17, the anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the high-profile case sentenced Imran to death four times in the Zainab case.

As he was involved in other rape and murder cases, the court, as a whole, sentenced him death for 21 counts, three life sentences and a cumulative 23 years in jail.

Ali was found guilty under sections 364-A (kidnapping or abducting a person under the age of fourteen), 376 (3) (rape of minor), 302-B (punishment for qatl-i-amd) of the Pakistan Penal Code and section 7(a) (punishment for acts of terrorism) of the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997.

He was also fined Rs6 million (Rs2m per victim) and ordered to pay Rs3m (Rs1m per victim) as compensation to the victims’ families.

The serial killed had filed petitions with high court and Supreme Court for staying his executions but these were rejected. President of Pakistan had also refused his mercy appeal.

On Oct 6, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar took a suo motu notice of the delay in implementation of Imran Ali’s sentence in the minor girl's case.

On Oct 12, the anti-terrorism court issued the black warrants for Imran Ali and scheduled his execution for October 17.

The black warrant for the convict was issued by Judge Sheikh Sajjad Ahmad, allowing the superintendent to carry out the execution of the convict.


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390


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