Rawalpindi serial knife attacker who ‘hated women’ awarded life sentence

  • He stabbed at least 17 women ─ killing one ─ in Rawalpindi in 2016
Pakistan

RAWALPINDI – A serial knife attacker who claims he stabbed at least 17 women ─ killing one ─ in Rawalpindi in 2016 was handed a life sentence on Friday.

Muhammad Ali, 24, had targeted working women in the garrison city over a period of a few months.

The accused was present in court as the judge read out his sentence.

In his confessional statement, earlier, Ali had admitted that he felt satisfaction after stabbing women because he hated them.

The convicted, according to his statement, said his mother had been mistreated by her in-laws and she died of cancer when he was one-year-old.

“Later, my father remarried and I lived with my grandfather and an aunt as my stepmother mistreated me,” Ali added.

He said that failure in love was also the reason of attacking women.

One of his victims, Anum Naz, a 26-year-old nurse at the Fauji Foundation Hospital, had died after he stabbed her while she was going to her hostel. Her colleague was also severely injured in the attack.

Ali was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department after he was identified at a tandoor in Morgah during a search operation on August 12, 2016.

He used to go out every night and target women in the city. “Once I had attacked three different women within an hour,” he admitted.