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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking a public execution Zainab’s rapist and murderer Imran Ali.

A division bench of the high court heard a petition filed by seven-year-old Zainab’s father Amin Ansari for seeking a public hanging of his daughter’s murderer. The law officer from the provincial Interior secretary submitted a reply related to the case.

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During the hearing, the government prosecutor argued that there is no clause in the law to execute of accused publically. However, the divisional bench rejected the petition, terming it non-maintainable.

Justice Sardar Ahmed Shamim, who was heading the bench, asked if the petitioner had submitted a request to the government in this regard. Ishtiaq Chaudhry, the lawyer for the petitioner, said they had submitted a request to the government, but to no avail.

At this, the judge said the petitioner should have approached the court at that time. “You have come here late. The date of the execution has been fixed for tomorrow,” said Justice Shamim.

A day earlier, a plea seeking to publicly hang Imran, convicted of the rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab. The petition was filed earlier by Zainab’s father Haji Ameen. The provincial home secretary, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amjad Javed Saleemi, and convict Imran have been made respondents to the plea.

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