Court gives life-sentence to convict in Asma rape, murder case

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MARDAN (ENNS) A special anti-terrorism court (ATC) handed out here on Monday life imprisonment to a 15-year-old convict, identified as Muhammad Nabi, in the Asma murder case.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs1 million on the convict.

Asma was reported missing from the Gujjar Garhi area in Mardan on January 13, and was recovered dead the next day from nearby sugarcane fields. According to her postmortem report, the four-year-old was raped and later killed.

However, former Inspector General (IG) Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Salahuddin Mehsud had claimed that the accused had unsuccessfully attempted rape before murdering the girl.

On February 12, Nabi, who was also Asma’s second cousin and lived in the same area as her, had confessed to murdering her before the court of senior civil judge Asim Riaz.

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