LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has summoned the record of the trial court which convicted and sentenced to death Imran Ali for the brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab last month.
On February 17, the anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the high-profile case sentenced Imran to death four times.
Appealing against the ATC verdict, Imran claimed innocence before the LHC and pleaded for the verdict to be declared null and void.
Hearing the appeal on Monday, a division bench comprising Justice Shahram Sarwar Chaudhry and Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan summoned the case record tomorrow.
In the appeal, submitted to the LHC by the jail administration, Imran has said that the ATC rushed the proceedings and failed to adhere to legal formalities. He has pleaded that the ATC order be set aside.
Seven-year-old Zainab was kidnapped from near her aunt’s house in Kasur on January 4 and was found dead in a garbage heap five days later.
On January 23, the authorities claimed to have nabbed Imran, said to be a serial killer involved in other such crimes, through a DNA match.-Web Desk