Shafqat Ali (left) and Abid Malhi (proper). — Punjab Police/Handout by way of The Information

An anti-terrorism courtroom Saturday handed down dying sentences to Lahore-Sialkot Motorway gang-rape convicts  Abid Malhi and Shafqat Ali.

Malhi and Ali have additionally been awarded a life imprisonment sentence and slapped with a positive of Rs50,000 every for gang-raping a lady on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway final 12 months.

An anti-terrorism courtroom in Lahore, which had earlier reserved the decision, pronounced it at the moment (Saturday).

The trial passed off in Lahore’s Camp Jail, and Anti-Terrorism Court docket Decide Arshad Hussain Bhatta heard the proceedings.

It is a landmark resolution as it’s for the primary time that convicts in a gang-rape case have been handed dying sentences.

The decide arrived on the jail at 5pm and after 25 minutes introduced the decision, which got here six and a half months after the crime passed off.

The incident 

On September 9, 2020, Malhi and Ali had raped a lady at gunpoint within the Lahore’s Gujjarpura space within the presence of her youngsters after her automobile ran out of gasoline and she or he was ready for assistance on the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway (M-11).

The boys stole Rs100,000 value of cash, jewelry, and ATM playing cards earlier than fleeing, the girl had instructed police on the time.

A primary data report (FIR) of the incident — which had sparked protests throughout Pakistan over sexual violence in opposition to ladies and an absence of accountability — was lodged on the Gujjarpura police station beneath varied sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken “strict discover” of the incident, and later okayed a legislation for the chemical castration of sexual abusers.

The draft of the anti-rape ordinance contains rising ladies’s position in policing, fast-tracking rape instances, and witness safety.

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