An anti-terrorism court on Saturday found Imran Ali, prime accused in Zainab rape and murder in Kasur, guilty and awarded him four counts of the death sentence. The body of Zainab Ansari was found on a rubbish dump in Kasur, a city in the Punjab region, south of Lahore, on January 9.
Violent protests gripped the Kasur city following the minor's rape and murder that claimed two lives.
The following is a timeline starting from Zainab's abduction till the verdict. It was also matched with seven other girls who had been abused from the area.
Ali's alleged crimes stretch back to at least a year and angry residents said authorities should have been quicker to identify him as the perpetrator. Prosecutor General told media.
According to the Dawn news, Imran now has 15 days to appeal against the verdict. The death penalties were for the kidnap, rape, murder of Zainab; and one for committing an act of terrorism. He was seen in a chilling CCTV footage that emerged showing Zainab walking with her killer. Expressing satisfaction over the court verdict, he said the convict must be hanged in front of public "so the whole world could watch".
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Ali was arrested by police on January 23. "The convict was then told that anything he says will be used against him in court, after which he confessed".
Advocate Mehar Shakeel Multani, private counsel for the suspect, had withdrawn his power of attorney after the suspect made confession before the trial court. "He was handed seven-year imprisonment and Rs 1 million fine on throwing minor's dead body on garbage pile".
The public demand for immediate arrest of the culprit resulted in an unprecedented search in which nearly all law enforcement and secret agencies took part. The court gave orders for sentencing Imran Ali Naqshbandi to death, four times.
In 2015, a gang ran a pedophilia ring in a village near Kasur, with over 200 children targeted by the ring.