Lahore – Pakistan court executed the rapist and killer of 6-years-old Zainab at 5:30am on Wednesday in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Prison.
Imran Ali (24) – a mechanic and Naat-Khwan (hymner) – was involved in rape and murder of Zainab of Kasur district Punjab, along with six other child victims. He was arrested in January after a nation-wide protest.
Anti-terrorism Court – Lahore – found Imran guilty of the heinous crime, awarding him four courts of death penalty and Rs. 3.2 million fine in February.
Zainab Amin Ansari – daughter of Amin Ansari – went missing on 4th January 2018 from Kasur district Punjab, after she had gone to Quran classes. She was staying with her uncle – Mohammed Adnan, while her parents were in Makkah for Umrah. Adnan lodged a complaint at Kasur District Police station about her missing.
On 9th January 2018, her dead body was found in a trash at Shahbaz Khan Road with visible marks of torture on the face, congestion in the muscles, the tongue badly bruised and injured as it was pressed between the teeth. Mud, fecal matter and blood found on the body.
Autopsy reports confirmed that she was raped (possibly sodomy) and was strangled to death.
With no Police help, family studied CCTV footages and found Imran holding her hand and walking on Peerowala road in Kasur.
With the media coverage, protests erupted in the country leading to clashes between Police and protestors. Two protestors were killed in the Police firing.
#JusticeForZainab started sweeping the social media, demanding instant justice to the victim.
Chief Minister of Punjab – Shahbaz Khan – announced in a press conference on 23rd January 2018 about the arrest of a serial Killer – Imran, who later confessed of committing the crime.
Zainab’s father and other relatives were present during execution and said they were ‘satisfied’ watching the murderer hanging.
“I have seen his awe-inspiring end with my own eyes. They dropped him on the gallows, and let his body hang for half an hour,” he told media.