Pakistani court upholds death sentence for child killer

Mohammad Imran's arrest at the time brought to light seven more killings, prompting Pakistanis to demand he be publicly executed. (B.K. Bangash/AP)
Updated 12 June 2018
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Pakistani court upholds death sentence for child killer

  • Tuesday’s court order came months after Mohammad Imran challenged his death sentence following sentencing in February, claiming his trial was not fair
  • Mohammad Imran still has the right to seek clemency from President Mamnoon Hussain

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence for a man who killed eight children, including a 7-year-old girl whose rape and murder drew nationwide condemnation earlier this year.
Tuesday’s court order came months after Mohammad Imran challenged his death sentence following sentencing in February, claiming his trial was not fair. He still has the right to seek clemency from President Mamnoon Hussain.
Imran was arrested in January after he raped and killed 7-year-old Zainab Ansari and threw her body into a garbage dump in the city of Kasur in eastern Punjab province.
His arrest at the time brought to light seven more killings, prompting Pakistanis to demand he be publicly executed.


Iran looks to Pakistan for mediation

Updated 25 May 2019
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Iran looks to Pakistan for mediation

  • Zarif started a two-day visit to Islamabad

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi assured his visiting Iranian counterpart on Friday that Islamabad would continue its efforts to ensure peace in the region, the Pakistani Foreign Office said. 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif arrived in Pakistan to seek mediation amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the US.

Zarif started a two-day visit to Islamabad, ahead of next week’s emergency Arab League meeting. “Tensions in the region are in no one’s interest,” Qureshi said, promising that Islamabad would continue its efforts for peace in the region. AN