Pakistani serial killer executed in Lahore prison for rape and murder of minor

The father of the minor girl had petitioned the court to publicly hang the killer 

A Pakistani serial killer was executed at a prison in Lahore on Wednesday after a court dismissed a petition for his public hanging filed by the father of a seven-year-old girl, who was raped and murdered by the convict.

Imran Ali, who was convicted for the rape and murder of the minor girl in the city of Kasur, some 50 km from Lahore earlier this year, was hanged to death this morning in Kot Lakhpat Central Jail.

Ali was executed in the presence of both Magistrate Adil Sarwar and the girl’s father. The girl’s uncle was also present at the jail, the Dawn reported.

Ali was sentenced to 21 counts of death, three life sentences and 23 years in jail by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in February after being nabbed by the police forces on January 23, according to ARY News.

Ali had confessed to raping nine girls, including Zainab Ansari, whose body was found from a garbage heap on January 9 after she went missing from her aunt’s house on January 4.

Amin Ansari — father of seven-year-old Zainab, in a writ petition filed on Saturday, Ansari submitted that all appeals of the convict had been dismissed by available legal forums — the high court, Supreme Court and president of Pakistan. He said the trial court had also issued death warrants of the convict for Oct 17.

The petitioner has asked the court to order the government to ensure that the convict is hanged publicly to satisfy the requirement of deterrence in society. Previously, the high court on a similar petition by Amin had referred the matter to the government.

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