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
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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.


Cobra Gold: One of Asia’s largest war drills opens in Thailand

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Cobra Gold: One of Asia’s largest war drills opens in Thailand

  • Cobra Gold is one of the largest military exercises in Asia
  • On Saturday US, Thai and South Korean forces descended on Namsai beach in Chonburi province in a joint drill intended to simulate securing the territory

SATTAHIP, Thailand: With weapons drawn camouflaged troops leapt out of amphibious assault craft while explosions sounded and parachutists glided in from above as the annual Cobra Gold war games took over a placid Thai beach Saturday.
Now in its 38th year, Cobra Gold is one of the largest military exercises in Asia, bringing thousands of forces from the United States, Thailand and other countries together for 11 days of training on Thai shores.
This year’s drill includes some 2,000 US Marines, 1,000 US soldiers and hundreds from the country’s Navy and Air Force.
On Saturday US, Thai and South Korean forces descended on Namsai beach in Chonburi province in a joint drill intended to simulate securing the territory.
Captain Melvin Spiese said the goal was to “bring power from ship to shore” and be ready for “any kind of future crisis we might need to respond to with our Thai counterparts.”
Helicopters buzzed overhead and fighter jets roared across the skies.
Cobra Gold exercises span air, land and sea and feature a jungle survivalist session where participants take turns drinking blood from a severed cobra and snacking on insects and scorpions.
Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia also took part in the war games.
A 2014 army coup in Thailand tested ties with Washington and the kingdom tilted towards China with high-profile arms buys.
But US military sales continued and the two countries have upped their engagement under US President Donald Trump, who has stepped back on human rights issues and invited junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to the White House.
Prayut, who led the 2014 coup, is standing for prime minister in elections set for March 24.