Javed Iqbal

Javed Iqbal

Javed Iqbal Mughal was born on October 8th, 1956 and was the sixth child in his family. His father was a businessman. He lived in a villa in Shabagh in Pakistan.

In December of 1999, Iqbal sent a letter to the police and a Lahore newspaper chief news editor of a newspaper Khaware Naeem Hashmi and confessed to murdering 100 boys, all the ages between 6 and 16. In this confession letter he claimed to have strangled them and had dismembered the bodies and disposed of them using vats of hydrochloric acid. He mostly targeted runaways and orphans. He would dump their bodies into a local river when he was done with them. In his house, police found bloodstains on the walls and floor, and the chain that Iqbal claimed to have strangled his victims with. They also found photographs of his victims in plastic bags. These items were neatly labeled with handwritten pamphlets. Two vats of acid with the partially dissolved remains of his victims were left for the police to find with a note saying “the bodies in the house have deliberately not been disposed of so that authorities will find them”.

Iqbal confessed that he planned on drowning himself in the Ravi River following his crimes but after unsuccessfully dragging the river with nets the police launched the biggest manhunt in Pakistan. Four of his accomplices were arrested in Sohawa. Within a few days, one of them died in police custody. Allegedly he jumped out a window.

A month later Iqbal turned himself in at the offices of the Urdu-language newspaper Daily Jang on December 30th, 1999. He was arrested. His reasoning for turning himself in was that he feared for his life and thought the police would kill him. He was sentenced to death by hanging, but he was found dead in his cell before his execution could be carried out.

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