By Azania post reporter
A Pakistani court has sentenced a 24-year-old Mohammad Imran to death for having found him guilty of committing adultery and raping a six-year-old child. The accused pleaded guilty of an offense when the charges were read before him during the five-day trial.
The brutal killings triggered violent protests across the country, a public prosecutor Ehtesham Qadir told reporters outside a high-security prison in the eastern city of Lahore, where the trial was held.
Imran was arrested in January, two weeks after authorities say he raped and killed seven-year-old Ansari and threw her body into a garbage dump in the city of Kasur.
Fatal protests Angered over her murder at the time, residents attacked a police station, sparking clashes in which two persons were killed.
Zainab disappeared in the first week of January while walking to a nearby home for Quranic studies. Her parents had gone to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage at the time and she was left with relatives.
They quickly returned home, but by that time their daughter’s body had been found and preparations for her funeral and burial were underway amid tight security.
Since Zainab’s killer left no clue, police and investigators obtained DNA samples from hundreds of suspects, and Imran’s sample matched with her, leading to his arrest.
Cruel confession Imran confessed to the crime and said he lured the girl by telling her that her parents had come back and that she should go with him to meet them. On Saturday, Qadir said Imran had the right to appeal, but he may not challenge the verdict as he confessed to his crimes during the trial.
He did not say how Imran’s execution would be carried out, but many Pakistanis have demanded he be publicly hanged. Justice served Shortly after Imran’s conviction, Zainab’s parents expressed their satisfaction, saying they received justice.
However, they said Imran should be hanged in a public place so that it should serve as an example for others who might be willing to commit such an offense.
Zainab’s father, Mohammed Amin Ansari was present when the court announced the decision. He thanked the judiciary, government and investigators for giving him speedy justice.
He also called for a public execution. “My daughter has gone, she will not come back, but I want to save daughters of other people,” he said.