LAHORE: A three-judge bench at the SC registry here has today rejected the convict Imran Ali’s appeal against the capital punishment handed to him by the anti-terrorism court for the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
i) ATC-I here today has handed the pedophile serial killer Imran Ali four death sentences, one life term (in addition to seven-year incarceration) and over Rs. three million fine u/s 7 ATA for raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur. Trial court – that was given seven days for completion of the trial by LHC – concluded hearing and handed over the conviction within four days that is reckoned the swiftest case ever to be decided in Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention here while prosecution, in addition to the DNA and polygraph tests, had produced over fifty-six witnesses against the convict, after his confession, the defense lawyer opted to quit saying that his conscience did not allow him to defend a killer. The convict can challenge the conviction within fifteen days. (Published on 17th February 2018)
ii) CM Punjab while addressing a presser today here has confirmed that the nabbed 24-year-old Imran was the serial killer who had raped and murdered eight minor kids, including Zainab. Head of Punjab Forensic Science Agency informed that 1150 samples were taken from men aging between 20-45 living in the 2.5km radius around the scene of crime. He told that it was 1108thprofiling that finally led them to the culprit. Zainab’s father Haji Amin Ansari who was present on the occasion thanked the concerned authorities for finding his daughter’s killer. CM, who tried to score a political point by citing a similar case of a minor’s rape and murder in KPK, very prudently refused to answer a question as to what the same police and other agencies were doing since the murder of the first child in Kasur back in 2015. (Published on 23rd January 2018)
iii) Police here has claimed to have nabbed the serial killer who had raped and killed 8 minor girls – including most recently Zainab – here since 2015. According to details, by means of DNA test Police has confirmed that the 24-year-old culprit named Imran Ali – who lived near Zainab’s home – was the serial killer. Ironically, the serial killer was earlier arrested but was allowed to go. Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have insinuated that though Police was aware who the culprit was, it did not disclose his identity as he had disappeared from his house. He was nabbed from Pakpattan where he was hiding at a relative’s place. His accomplices and family members have also been taken into custody. Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that the serial killer who is the eldest of the seven siblings (two brothers and four sisters) lived with his paternal uncle. However, spokesperson of Punjab Government has said that tissues had been sent for confirmation and until a detailed forensic report was received (by 7 PM today) he could not confirm reports apropos DNA match.
The spokesperson, while informing that the killer has been arrested from Pakpattan, has said that there was a well-found reason to believe that the arrested man is the serial killer. The Provincial CM will share the findings with the nation at a Presser this evening. Nevertheless, Police – that claims the culprit has confessed to the crimes – has released gruesome details: The serial killer had committed the first rape and murder in the month of June 2015. Three of his victims survived. Informing about one of those who survived (but still in coma) the culprit reportedly confessed that while he was committing rape in an under-construction house somebody entered the building and after a scuffle, he fled from the scene of crime taking advantage of the dark. Confessing about his last victim (Zainab) he said when he told her that her parents were back from Umra she gladly accompanied her to meet them. (Published on 23rd January 2018)
iv) CJP has heard today an appeal from Amin Ansari, father of murdered Zainab, against the production of a telefilm on her life sans his permission. It is pertinent to mention here that the said telefilm drew public fury and Amin Ansari had proclaimed last month that he would sue the concerned channel. Telefilm Zainab Kay Qatil, penned by known novelist Umera Ahmed, happens to harbor 65 characters. Its executive producer Kashif Kabeer had told about the future screening of the telefilm in cinemas and festivals worldwide. CJP taking notice of Amin Ansari’s appeal apropos production of telefilm without his consent has ordered the Advocate General Punjab, Attorney General, and Pemra to submit their reports.
v) Zainab’s father to sue telefilm makers, Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have been intimated that Amin Ansari, the father of Zainab, who got raped and murdered in Kasur, has proclaimed to sue a private TV channel for making a telefilm depicting his daughter and the horrific crime. Claiming that no one bothered to come for taking his permission before making any such endeavor, he further added that he will not give a go ahead nod to anyone for using his dead daughter’s name for their conferred concern. Moreover, Amin Ansari is also going to file a case against a UK-based non-government organization (NGO) for exploiting the name of his daughter for its vested interest. Like the TV channel, the NGO also did not bother to seek his permission before filming his vicinity as well as the school of Zainab in the Munir Shaheed Colony. Our sources have been informed that the NGO also visited different schools of the locality so as to spread awareness among the children as to how they can save themselves by raising their voices etc.
Moreover, they are going to hold an Iftar dinner on 10th of Ramazan in Manchester for fundraising so as to construct a center in the UK for women, orphan children, and victims of abuse. Ansari says the NGO has no right to use the name of Zainab for fundraising. It is pertinent to mention here that the news of making a venture harboring the details about the horrendous crime has received resentment by the public, civil society, and social media. The filmmakers release the poster of the endeavor wherein, a bearded man (culprit) can be seen shutting the mouth of the girl (the victim). Upon which, the makers have been slammed for being insensitive. As a matter of fact, such sorts of movies and posters only glamorize the sinful act while spreading sensationalism to make money. (11th of May, 2018)
vi) Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have been informed that a telefilm based on the brutal rape and murder of girl child namely Zainab, 7, is on the cards. The telefilm labeled Zainab Kay Qatil is penned by celebrated writer Umera Ahmed, who had also written a serial titled Baaghi based on the life and tragic death of Qandeel Baloch. The project harbors the true occurrences of the horrendous crime that resulted in the catastrophic demise of Zainab. It has further been learned that the telefilm would also diffuse awareness regarding protection of naïve kids from becoming the victims of pedophiles. According to the details, Suhail Sameer will portray the role of Imran (the offender) while Hamna Amir will be seen playing Zainab in the upcoming venture. Actors Irfan Khoosat and Saba Faisal will also be the part of the said endeavor. The project is slated to release in 2018. Readers may recall how this minor was raped and slain in Kasur last January. The incident jolted not only people of Pakistan but also made the populace globally realize the importance of measures to curtail abuse and violence against children. (9th of May, 2018)
Malaysia pardons three Mexicans on death row
MEXICO: The Sultan of the southern Malaysian state of Johor has commuted the death sentences of three Mexican brothers who were set to be hanged for drug trafficking crimes, Mexico said.
After years of lobbying by Mexican diplomats, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor – one of Malaysia’s most powerful and wealthiest state rulers – commuted the men’s death sentences to life in prison, Mexico’s foreign ministry said Thursday.
“This was the result of a long process and intense dialogue with Malaysian federal authorities,” it said in a statement.
The brothers — Simon, Luis Alfonso, and Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarreal – were arrested in a raid on a methamphetamine lab in Johor in March 2008.
The brothers, who hail from the Mexican state of Sinaloa — home to jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel — insisted they were innocent, saying they had been hired to clean the building and were unaware what was being made inside.
But a Malaysian court sentenced them to hang to death in May 2012. The conviction was upheld on appeal the following year.
Mexico, which does not use capital punishment, neither accepted nor rejected the court’s guilty verdict, but pushed for the death sentence to be commuted.
Journalist murdered in Mexico, ninth of 2018
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico: Gunmen shot and killed a Mexican journalist as he left his home in the southern state of Chiapas, his newspaper said Saturday, at least the ninth reporter murdered in the country this year.
Mario Gomez, a reporter with El Heraldo de Chiapas, is the latest victim in a wave of violence against the press in Mexico, the second-deadliest country in the world for journalists after war-torn Syria, according to the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders.
“He had recently filed a complaint because he was receiving threats,” a colleague at the paper told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The newspaper said Gomez, a general news correspondent in the town of Yajalon, was leaving for work when two unidentified men arrived and “murdered him in cold blood” with a series of shots to the abdomen.
Gomez, 35, was taken to the hospital but died of his wounds, it said.
“We call for an exhaustive investigation to find those responsible for this crime,” his colleagues wrote in an editorial published on the newspaper’s website.
The state prosecutor’s office said in a statement it would “follow all lines of investigation to shed light on this reprehensible crime and bring those responsible to justice.”
Pakistan condemns terror attack on military parade in Iran
ISLAMABAD, Sep 22 (APP):Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned a terrorist attack on military parade in Ahvaz province of Iran in which several lives were reportedly lost.
“Our deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in this heinous attack. Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said the Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement.