LAHORE  -  The father of Zainab, raped and murdered by convict Imran Ali, has moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) for the execution of the convict in public.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) issued on Friday the black warrants for Imran, who was convicted of rape and murder of Zainab and nine other minors. He will be executed on October 17 at Lahore's Central Jail, according to an order issued by ATC Judge Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed..

Zainab’s father Haji Amin Ansari filed a petition under Section 22 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. Amin Ansari in his petition stated that the Anti-Terrorism Act’s clause 22 allows the government to publically hang a convict, and sought the same for Imran. The court has directed the home secretary to submit a reply in the case. The order authorising the jail superintendent to carry out the death sentence was issued following the rejection of convict’s mercy appeal by President Arif Alvi. He had confessed to raping and killing minor girls Ayesha Asif, Eman Fatima, Noor Fatima, Laiba Saleem, Zaineb Amin and others. Zainab was abducted on January 4 from near her aunt’s house in Kasur and was found dead in a garbage heap five days later. Assault on Zainab sparked outrage and protests across the country. Her case was the twelfth such incident which occurred within a 10 kilometre radius in Kasur city over a period of 12 months.

#JusticeforZainab became a rallying cry for an end to violence against children and riots broke out in Kasur in which two people were killed. The authorities got to Imran through a DNA match in Zainab case and arrested him on January 23. Investigations revealed he was a serial criminal.

His DNA matched with samples taken from seven other minor girls, who too were abused and murdered earlier in Kasur district. Imran himself confessed to assaulting several children at an under-construction site and two in a garbage heap. Out of the total seven rape and murder cases registered against Imran, the court has given its verdict in five. Cumulatively, he has been sentenced to 21 counts of death, three life sentences and a cumulative 23 years in jail. Two cases against him remain pending.