Punjab

Zainab murder suspect’s trial to be held in jail, court informed

The trial of the prime accused in the rape and murder case of Zainab, Imran Ali Naqshbandi, will be held inside the jail, the Punjab prosecutor general informed the trial court today.
Moreover, the prosecutor general informed the anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the case that the next proceedings will take place inside the jail.
Imran will be produced before the ATC shortly as his extended physical remand expires today.
Booked by the police for raping and killing eight minor girls, including seven-year-old Zainab, in Kasur, Imran was presented before the ATC on February 6 as well, a day before the expiry of his 14-day physical remand, amid high security.
Zainab was kidnapped from near her aunt’s house in Kasur on January 4. Her body was discovered in a garbage heap five days later.
On January 23, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a news conference confirmed that Imran had murdered Zainab, referring to him as a “serial killer” alleging his role in the rape and murders of seven other girls in Kasur in recent years.
After the police arrested Imran, the suspect reportedly confessed to assaulting eight minor girls at an under-construction site and two others in a garbage heap. He also admitted to murdering five minor girls at an under-construction site and throwing away the bodies of three others in a garbage pile, sources said.