Pakistani judge orders execution of convicted child killer

Mohammad Imran was arrested in January, two weeks after authorities say he raped and killed Zainab and threw her body into a garbage dump in the city of Kasur. (AP/File)
Updated 12 October 2018
0

Pakistani judge orders execution of convicted child killer

  • Mohammad Imran was sentenced to death in February after a Lahore court convicted him of killing the children.
  • Victims included 7-year-old Zainab Ansari whose rape and murder shocked Pakistan.

LAHORE: A Pakistani judge has signed the execution order for a serial child killer convicted of killing eight children in eastern Punjab province.
Mohammad Imran was sentenced to death in February after a Lahore court convicted him of killing the children, including a 7-year-old Zainab Ansari whose rape and murder shocked Pakistan.
He was arrested in January, two weeks after authorities say he raped and killed Zainab and threw her body into a garbage dump in the city of Kasur.
The case has also triggered street protests in Kasur.
After his arrest, Imran confessed to the other slayings. He pleaded guilty.
Judge Sheikh Sajjad on Friday ordered that Imran be hanged next Wednesday.


Australian minister resigns over alleged website date on Hong Kong trip

Updated 1 min 16 sec ago
0

Australian minister resigns over alleged website date on Hong Kong trip

  • Morrison’s minority government must return to the polls by May 2019, with opinion polls strongly favoring the opposition Labor to easily win the election
SYDNEY: An Australian government lawmaker on Monday resigned from Cabinet over a media report he used a website to meet a younger woman while on a Hong Kong work trip — overshadowing the government posting the best financial outlook in 10 years.
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said he accepted the resignation of Andrew Broad after New Idea Magazine ran an interview with a woman who alleged she met the married Broad at a Hong Kong restaurant last month.
“Due to the nature of the allegations made, it is appropriate for Mr.Broad to resign as the assistant minister to the deputy prime minister,” McCormack said in an emailed statement. Broad will remain on the government backbench.
A spokeswoman for Broad did not immediately respond to requests for comment. New Idea published Broad saying: “This matter has been reported to the Australian Federal Police and I will not be making any further comment.”
New Idea ran an interview with a woman called Amy, who alleged Broad maintained a profile on a website, which it said was used by wealthy, older men to meet younger women, but it did not name the website.
It said Amy was 20 years younger than Broad.
Amy said she agreed to meet Broad at the Hong Kong Restaurant for dinner but left because she did not like his behavior, New Idea reported.
Broad’s resignation came just hours after the government forecast the strongest budget outlook in 10 years, arming Prime Minister Scott Morrison with a war chest large enough to allow for possible tax cuts ahead of an election in less than six months.
Morrison’s minority government must return to the polls by May 2019, with opinion polls strongly favoring the opposition Labor to easily win the election.