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Pakistan’s court indicts ‘serial killer’ for rape, murder of 7-year-old girl

The Lahore ATC charged Imran Ali, 23, with rape and murder of the seven-year-old and seven other girls in Punjab province, after 36 witnesses testified against him.

world Updated: Feb 13, 2018 21:45 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, Lahore
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People attend a funeral of a seven-year-old Pakistani girl who was raped and killed, in Kasur.(AP File Photo)

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted an alleged serial killer who is accused of abducting, raping and murdering eight minor girls in Punjab province, including a seven-year-old girl.

The Lahore ATC charged Imran Ali, 23, in the high profile rape and murder case of the seven-year-old girl apart from seven other girls.

A total of 36 witnesses testified against him on Monday and on Tuesday at the court of judge Sajjad Ahmad in Kot Lakhpat jail.

Since it is a high profile case, the trial is being held in the jail keeping in view security issues.

She was found raped and murdered early last month in Kasur, some 50 km from Lahore, a crime that shook the nation.

She was kidnapped on January 5 while going for Quran class. Her body was recovered on January 9 from a heap of garbage in the city. The police had arrested the suspect with the help of a DNA test.

After her alleged murderer was caught, it emerged that he was also the killer of seven other girls in Kasur.

Police have built their case on DNA match in all eight cases. The Lahore high court has ordered the ATC to conclude the trial as early as possible.

As the prosecution handed over charge-sheet to Ali, he pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the trial.

Nearly 10-hour proceedings were held in which the judge recorded statements of 16 prosecution witnesses. The court is conducting the trial on a day-to-day basis to conclude the trial at the earliest.

The prosecution had requested the court to hold the trial in jail due to security reasons.

Chief prosecutor Abdul Rauf Wattoo told the trial court that the various evidences had been collected including CCTV footage, DNA test and polygraph test.

Advocate Mehar Shakeel Multani appeared on behalf of the accused. The counsel would present defence witnesses after the testimony of the prosecution’s witnesses.

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 21:44 IST