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Family of Zainab’s killer asked to take his last glimpse before hanging

LAHORE: The jail authorities have asked the family of death row prisoner Imran Ali, who was convicted in the rape and murder case of seven-year-old Zainab, to hold a last meeting with him before his hanging on Oct 17. 

The mother of the convict has been specially communicated to take a last glimpse of her son on October 16 (tomorrow) before his execution early Wednesday morning.

According to the authorities, at least 50 relatives of Imran Ali can meet him the day before his hanging.

Meanwhile, a bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) issued notices to the Punjab government and other respondents on a petition filed by Amin Ansari, father of Zainab, seeking court directives for public hanging of his daughter’s murderer.

The bench directed the respondents to file their replies on the petition on Tuesday (tomorrow).

The petitioner submitted that convict Imran Ali, who will be sent to the gallows on Oct 17, could be executed publicly under Section 22 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. He added the section allows the government to “specify the manner, mode and place of execution of any sentence passed under this Act having regard to the deterrent effect which such execution is likely to have.”

Amin said the murderer of Zainab should be given exemplary punishment to stop such incidents in future.

The convict will be hanged on the morning of October 17 at the Lahore Central Jail. He was found guilty of rape and murder of seven minors including Zainab.

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