Set an example, Zainab’s father urges government

Special Set an example, Zainab’s father urges government
In this file photo, activists of Pakistan Global Initiative and Civil Society members hold candlelight vigil outside Press Club in memory of 7 year old Zainab in Lahore on Jan. 13, 2018. (AP)
Updated 12 October 2018

Set an example, Zainab’s father urges government

Set an example, Zainab’s father urges government
  • Requests authorities to publicly hang daughter’s killer to teach others a lesson
  • Court issued a death warrant for six year old’s rapist and murderer

LAHORE: Citing Saudi Arabia as an example of a country that dealt with rapists and murderers in the strictest manner, Muhammad Amin Ansari, the father of a girl who was raped and murdered in January, said on Friday that Pakistan, too, should follow suit and publicly hang his daughter’s killer, Imran Ali.
Zainab, six, was kidnapped, raped and murdered in Kasur, located 51km away from Lahore, in Punjab, while her parents were in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah this year.
After his appeal for clemency was rejected by the president, the Supreme Court issued a directive to hang Ali on October 17 in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail.
Zainab’s father is now demanding that authorities publicly hang Ali in Kasur. “We want his death in the public. He should be hanged in public as a lesson for other criminals,” he told Arab News. “If the government does not accept our demands, we will hold a protest rally in Kasur on Monday,” he added.
The brutal rape and murder of the minor girl incited countrywide protests and outrage, resulting in the death of two protesters. The government formed a special investigation team and the case was also taken up by the apex court of the country.
Officials used DNA evidence to arrest Ali, a resident of the same area as Zainab’s family. The accused later confessed to his crimes and was indicted in raping and killing eight other minor girls.
On February 2 this year, an anti-terrorism court awarded the death sentence to Ali on the charges of kidnapping, rape and murder. He did not file an appeal against the sentence, which was instead lodged in the Lahore High Court by the superintendent of Kot Lakhpat Jail on his behalf.
“According to the Criminal Proceedings Code (Cr P C) the jail superintendent files an appeal in the court if the accused fails to do so. This appeal is on behalf of the state,” Aleem Baig Chugtaie, a senior Supreme Court advocate, told Arab News.
Ali’s appeal was rejected by the top courts while the president, too, refused to accord clemency for his crimes.