By Anahita Zurvan
The man, Imran Ali Naqshbandi, accused of raping and murdering seven-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur last month was proven guilty of the charges brought against him on Saturday. Along with four-counts of death penalty; he has been convicted on the following grounds of murdering a child, kidnapping a child, sexually assaulting a minor, and committing an abnormal sexual act with a minor.
Moreover, he has also been sentenced to seven years in jail with a fine of Rs.1 million for violating the body of a minor by leaving it in garbage heap to rot. His crimes were deemed punishable by the Anti-terrorist Court under section 7 of committing an act of terrorism
The decision was announced at Lahore’s Central Jail in Kot Lakhpat on Saturday.
In addition, Zainab’s heirs will be paid Rs.1 million from the penalties imposed, as ruled by the judge.
Nusrat Bibi, mother of Zainab, demanded that the execution of the criminal be carried out in public to set an example for others.
“I want him to be hanged publicly at the place where he took Zainab,” she told journalists following the declaration of the verdict.
Important to mention here that Ali is also convicted in the murder and rape of seven other minors. Had it not been for Zainab, this serial killer would have been on loose to this date. The monstrous criminal is also facing additional charges in the cases of at least seven other children he assaulted and murdered.
“He has confessed to all eight attacks, including the death of Zainab”, AFP reported.
Prosecutor General, Ehtesham Qadir, who spoke to media after the sentencing, said the accused had been given plenty of chance to shield himself, but he opted to own up his crimes notwithstanding being told clearly that any information he divulged would be used against him.
The prosecutor said, “When he was read the charges, we asked the court to let Imran Ali deliberate the matter for 40 minutes. The convict was then told that anything he says would be used against him in court, after which he confessed”.
Nevertheless, the prosecution ensured to submit all its evidences to court so that the case remained impermeable. The prosecutor also said, this was “the first example to examine scientific evidence” in a case of this nature.
Worth noticing here that the detainee now has 15 days to challenge the verdict and file an appeal in the court.
Haji Muhammad Amin, Zainab’s father, had arrived in Kot Lakhpat to witness the verdict early on Saturday morning under tight security.
Zainab’s case was the 12th incident of a minor’s rape to take place within the 10-kilometer range in the city over a 12-month period.