An Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) on Friday issued the death warrants for Imran Ali — the man convicted for the rape and murder of Zainab Amin. Imran Ali’s death sentence will be carried out on October 17 at Lahore’s Central Jail.
On 10th October, his mercy appeal was rejected by the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi.
According to investigation report, Imran confessed during Zainab’s murder investigation of being involved in 9 cases of rape and murder of children including Zainab. Out of the seven rape and murder cases registered against Imran, the court has given its verdict in five.
The ATC on February 17 had given him four counts of the death penalty, one life term, a 7-year jail term and Rs4.1 million in fines. The four death penalties were for kidnapping, raping and murdering Zainab, and for committing an act of terrorism punishable under Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA).
In total, Imran Ali has been sentenced to 21 counts of death, three life sentences and a cumulative 23 years in jail. He has also been set a Rs2.5 million fine by the court, which is other than the Rs255,000 that he has been sentenced to pay as diyat. Only two cases against Ali remain pending.
Zainab’s rape and murder earlier this year had started massive outrage and protests across the country after the six-year-old, who went missing on January 4, was found dead in a trash heap in Kasur on January 9, earlier this year.
Her case was the twelfth such incident to occur within a 10 kilometre radius in the city over a 12-month period. The heinous nature of the crime had seen immediate riots break out in Kasur — in which two people were killed — while #JusticeforZainab became a rallying cry for an end to violence against children.
The Punjab government arrested Imran on January 23.