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Pakistan court sentences Zainab's killer to death on four counts

18 February 2018

24-year-old Imran Ali Naqshbandi was given four death sentences, a life sentence and a huge fine on Saturday by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan for mercilessly raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab Ansari last month.

Imran was arrested in January, two weeks after he raped and killed 7-year-old Zainab Ansari and threw her body on to a rubbish dump in the city of Kasur.

The rape and murder of Zainab Ansari was the 12th such case in Kasur district in the previous year, according to local media reports.

Imran Ali is sentenced to death on four counts but Zainab's mother deems this as insufficient for the crimes he committed.

"My daughter has gone, she will not come back, but I want to save daughters of other people", he said.

The prosecutors said he also received life imprisonment and fines totalling 3.2 million rupees ($30,000) for additional charges of hiding his victim's body.

State prosecutor Ehtesham Qadir said Imran Ali, who had pleaded guilty during the five-day trial, was in the courtroom for the verdict.

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Two protesters died in rioting demonstrating against the police's delay in finding the killer. The Government of Punjab indicated n that sample taken with Ali "corresponded 100%" with remains found in girl, and that defendant confessed crime after having undergone test of polygraph. Ali has reportedly confessed to all the eight attacks.

The horror of Zainab's killing in January was brought home for Pakistanis by a photo of her that went viral on social media, showing the smiling girl in her favourite bright pink coat, with a pink barrette holding back her hair.

On January 22, accused's family was taken into custody by rangers for investigation while Punjab CM along with Zainab Ansar's parents held press conference, lauding the performance of police department for nabbing the suspect. CCTV footage shows her being led away by a man dressed in white. Her body was discovered five days later.

In 2015, police uncovered what they called a pedophilia ring responsible for the abuse of hundreds of local children.

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.

An organisation which works for child protection, revealed that almost 10 cases of child abuse a day is reported in Pakistan.

Pakistan court sentences Zainab's killer to death on four counts