Zainab was kidnapped on January 4 from near her aunt’s house in Kasur and, five days later, was found dead in a garbage pile.
On January 23, 2018, authorities arrested Imran Ali through a DNA match.
Ali’s DNA also matched with the samples taken from seven other minor girls who were abused and murdered earlier in Kasur, police had confirmed. The then-suspect had confessed to his monstrous crimes following his arrest.
Later, court found him involved in at least nine other incidents of rape-cum-murder of minors, including Zainab, which he had confessed to during her murder investigation. After a few months of investigations, Ali was found guilty under three sections of the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997.
He was later executed in Lahore after being sentenced to death on a total of 12 counts (4 counts for each victim), besides ordered to pay a fine of Rs6 million (Rs2m per victim) and Rs3m (Rs1m per victim) as compensation to the victim families.
The body of the criminal was handed over to his brother who reached the jail along with two friends and an ambulance.
On the occasion of Zainab’s first death anniversary renowned Islamic scholar, Allama Tahirul Qadri remembered the departed soul in a tweet, sharing that he was going to visit Zainab’s family in their home city. The Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief also requested the government to declare 10th January as ‘Zainab Day’.