Lahore: The rapist of a seven-year-old girl was executed by Pakistan at 5:30 am (local time) in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail on Wednesday. Also Read - Google Play Store Pulls Down India's Mitron App After Pakistani Software Developer Company Claimed to be Its Original Owner
The accused, Imran Ali, was executed in the presence of Magistrate Adil Sarwar and deceased victim’s father Muhammad Amin. An ambulance was also present at the spot, Geo TV reported. Also Read - Imran Khan Says it Was 'Mistake' to Enforce Strict Lockdown Even as COVID-19 Cases Cross 72,000-mark
The jail authorities arranged a 45-minute meeting for the convict and his family on Tuesday, before the impending execution. Also Read - Coronavirus: Cases in Pakistan Rise Above 69,470; Death Toll Nears 1,500-mark
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in February had sentenced Ali to 21 counts of death, three life sentences and 23 years in jail, along with a fine of Pakistani Rupees 3.1 million, after he was nabbed by the police forces on January 23.
“In light of the forensic evidence, the DNA reports, photographic test and medical evidence, the court is of the firm view that prosecution has successfully established its case through its own evidence against the accused beyond any shadow of doubt,” the 68-page ATC order said.
Ali had confessed to raping nine girls, including the seven-year-old girl, whose body was found from a garbage heap on January 9. A Joint Investigation Team was formed to nab the accused, who was taken into custody within the three-day time limit set by Pakistan’s Supreme Court.
The seven-year-old girl went missing from her aunt’s house on January 4. Her body was found from a garbage heap in Kasur after five days. Autopsy reports indicated that the minor had been raped before being strangulated to death.
The minor’s death sparked international outrage, as DNA tests confirmed Ali’s role in the girl’s rape and eventual death.