Imran Ali, 24, was handed four death sentences
Ali is also suspected of being the serial killer who was behind the murders of 8 other children in the Kasur district. He was forced to confess to police investigators after they matched DNA from nine victims, including Zainab.
IBtimes reports: The murder of 7-year-old Zainab Ansari sparked riots across Pakistan, with hundreds of people protesting against police negligence. Zainab was kidnapped while she was walking from her house to her Quran studies class on 4 January. CCTV footage shows her being led away by a man dressed in white. Ali was arrested on 23 January.
Her father, who was away on a pilgrimage in Mecca at the time of his daughter’s murder, accused the police in Kasur of negligence and said that an immediate response when the alarm was raised could have saved Zainab’s life.
He said police should have optimised the images of the suspect caught on CCTV to trace him. If police had done this, “[my] daughter could have been rescued alive”, he suggested. The young girl’s brutal murder sparked outrage, with protests against police negligence flaring up across Pakistan. Two protesters were killed when police fired shots to disperse the mob.
The killing has reignited a debate about child protection in the district of Kasur, where police say a number of children went missing in 2015 after they uncovered a paedophile ring linked to a prominent family. At least two people have been arrested in connection with the ring, which police say abused hundreds of children in Kasur, Reuters reported.
Around 10 cases of child abuse are reported in Pakistan every day, according to Sahil, a child protection organisation. A pedophile who raped and murdered seven-year-old Zainab Ansar has been sentenced to death by Pakistani anti-terrorism court according to reports. Imran Ali, 24, was handed four death sentences and life imprisonment for the brutal rape and murder of Ansari, whose body was found in a Rubbish tip on 9 January. “The court handed down death on four counts and life imprisonment to Imran Ali in the rape and murder of the little girl, Zainab,” government prosecutor Ehtisham Qadir Shah informed Reuters on Saturday.