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Zainab rape, murder case convict challenges death sentence

In this photograph released by the family of Pakistani child Zainab Fatima Ameen on January 17, 2018, Zainab, 6, stands outside her home in Kasur in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The rape and murders of a dozen children by a suspected serial killer have terrified parents in central Pakistan, and prompted soul-searching over how the country fails to protect its most vulnerable. The killing of six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen became the tipping point last week when her body was found on a rubbish heap near her home in the city of Kasur. / AFP PHOTO / The family of Zainab Fatima Ameen / FAMILY HANDOUT (Photo credit should read FAMILY HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

The man convicted in the rape and murder case of minor Zainab is contesting the death sentence given to him by an anti-terrorism court (ATC). In the appeal filed in Lahore High Court, Imran Ali alleges his trial was conducted in haste and therefore the verdict should be declared “null and void.” On February 17, an ATC awarded four death penalties to Imran Ali, the man responsible for the abduction, rape and murder of Kasur’s seven-year-old Zainab. The court also sentenced him to life imprisonment and a separate 7-year term and imposed a fine of Rs3.1 million. He was also asked…

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