Zainab murder case: LHC announces verdict in public hanging of convict

Zainab murder case: LHC announces verdict in public hanging of convict
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LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday has announced the verdict in the case of public hanging of the murderer.

LHC rejected a plea seeking public hanging of convict Imran, who is set to be executed on October 17, for the rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab.

The plea for Imran's public execution was filed by Zainab's father Haji Ameen. The provincial home secretary, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amjad Javed Saleemi, and convict Imran had been made respondents to the plea.

As the LHC heard the plea today, the counsel of Zainab's father, Ishtiaq Chaudhry, argued, "A public execution can be carried out as per Section 22 of the Anti-Terrorism Act."

The court, however, rejected the plea and said, "Read Section 22. It states that this is the government's domain and we are not the government."

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