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A Quetta anti-terrorism court on Tuesday sentenced a man to life in jail for the murder of a seven-year-old girl. He was also handed a four-year jail sentence for raping the minor.

Junaid, the accused, was convicted of raping and murdering the child on November 7, 2014, in Quetta’s Zarghoon Road area. Judge Ghulam Siddique Bazai announced the judgment amid tight security in the courtroom.

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The parents of the seven-year-old, who were also present in the courtroom, expressed their satisfaction over the judgment.

The girl’s father thanked civil society and the media “for highlighting the issue and making sure that justice was served.”

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