Zainab’s mur­derer Im­ran Ali to be hanged on Oc­to­ber 17

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LA­HORE: A spe­cial anti-ter­ror­ism court on Fri­day is­sued black war­rants for Im­ran con­victed for the rape and mur­der of sev­enyear-old Zainab.

Im­ran, who was awarded 21 death sen­tences in the case, will be ex­e­cuted on Oc­to­ber 17 at the Cen­tral Jail in La­hore.

Seven-year-old Zainab was kid­napped from near her aunt’s house in Ka­sur on Jan­uary 4 and was found dead in a garbage heap five days later.

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

Im­ran's DNA also matched sam­ples taken from seven other mi­nor girls who were abused and mur­dered ear­lier in Ka­sur, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice.

Af­ter the po­lice ar­rested him, Im­ran re­port­edly con­fessed to as­sault­ing eight mi­nor girls at an un­der-con­struc­tion site and two oth­ers in a garbage heap in Ka­sur.

On Fe­bru­ary 17, an an­titer­ror­ism court (ATC) hear­ing the high-pro­file case sen­tenced Im­ran to death four times.

Ap­peal­ing against the ATC ver­dict, Im­ran claimed in­no­cence be­fore the La­hore High Court and pleaded for the ver­dict to be de­clared null and void.

The Supreme Court's La­hore Registry on June 12 dis­missed Im­ran's ap­peal against the death sen­tence handed to him for rap­ing and mur­der­ing the mi­nor girl.

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