Zainab Murder case: CJP takes suo motu notice of delay in convict's hanging

Dunya News

Zainab was found dead in a rubbish dump on January 9 in Kasur

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took suo motu notice of delay in implementing sentence of convict in case pertaining to the murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur.

Taking suo moto notice, the CJP ordered the concerned authorities to submit report within 24 hours.

Mohammad Imran Ali, a serial killer, was convicted of rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl Zainab Ansari had been sentenced to death. The trial was held in the special anti-terrorism court in the presence of the killer, Mohammad Imran Ali.

Zainab was found dead in a rubbish dump on January 9 in Kasur district near Lahore, in Punjab province, several days after her disappearance.

Imran was arrested two weeks after he committed the crime that ignited nationwide protests.

The rape and murder of Zainab Ansari was the 12th such case in Kasur district in the last year.

Imran Ali was identified as one of Zainab s neighbours. He was seen in a chilling CCTV footage that emerged showing Zainab walking with her killer.

At least 10 such cases a day of child abuse are reported in Pakistan, according to Sahil, a non-governmental organisation that works on child protection.

In 2015, more than 200 children were targeted by a criminal gang operating a paedophilia ring in the village of Hussain Khanwala, about 10km south of Kasur.

The children were sexually exploited and recorded on video, with footage being sold and used to blackmail their families, according to a fact-finding report by the Human Rights Commission Pakistan.

At least a dozen suspects were arrested in connection with that ring, with two convicted so far.

Some children who were victims of the ring have recently spoken to local news media of their trauma, and the social alienation they have felt since they were identified as sexual abuse victims.