Zainab’s killer con­fesses to rape and mur­der of more Ka­sur girls

Also gives de­tails about how he lured mi­nor girls, lo­ca­tions of their rape and dump­ing sites

Gulf News - - Pakistan - BY SANA JA­MAL

The main ac­cused in Zainab rape and mur­der case, Imran Ali, has con­fessed to rap­ing and killing at least six other mi­nor girls in Ka­sur city of Pun­jab.

The Anti-Ter­ror­ism Court (ATC) is hold­ing the trial of pri­mary sus­pect Imran Ali in­side Kot Lakh­pat Jail,

Yes­ter­day, other than 8-year-old Zainab Ansari, Imran has con­fessed to mur­der­ing and rap­ing 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 abused girls were seven years old. The other vic­tims re­main uniden­ti­fied.

In his con­fes­sion, Imran also gave de­tails on how he lured mi­nor girls, lo­ca­tions of their rape and dump­ing sites.

The court ad­journed the case hear­ing af­ter record­ing state­ments of a to­tal of 33 wit­nesses so far, in­clud­ing Zainab’s pa­ter­nal un­cle and five-year-old brother.

The ATC pros­e­cu­tor Ab­dul Rauf Wat­too, in pre­vi­ous hear­ings, had in­formed the court that ev­i­dence has been col­lected in­clud­ing CCTV footage, DNA test, poly­graph test, ac­cused’s clothes and other things. The pros­e­cu­tor also sub­mit­ted a list of 55 pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses be­fore the court.

Af­ter Imran’s con­fes­sion yes­ter­day, his lawyer Mehr Sha­keel Mul­tani has with­drawn from the case, say­ing his con­science does not per­mit him to rep­re­sent a hard­ened crim­i­nal es­pe­cially af­ter the con­fes­sion. Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral Eht­e­sham Qadir has now as­signed Imran a gov­ern­ment lawyer, Mo­ham­mad Sul­tan.

Zainab, who was kid­napped from near her aunt’s house in Ka­sur on Jan­uary 4, was found dead in a dump­ster five days later.

AFP

Po­lice­men es­cort an ar­moured ve­hi­cle on Fri­day out­side an anti-ter­ror­ist court in La­hore car­ry­ing Imran Ali, the sus­pect ac­cused of rap­ing and mur­der­ing Zainab Ansari.

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