Javed Iqbal Umayr (1956 – 8 October 2001), was a Pakistani serial killer who confessed to the sexual abuse and murder of 100 boys, ranging in age from 6 to 16.
little is known about the early life of Javed Iqbal, the brutal Pakistani serial killer who would end up claiming a terrifying amount of lives that would make Ted Bundy blush. It is generally believed that Iqbal was born in 1956, but even that fact is uncertain, with some sources saying 1961. He was one of four boys and the sixth child in his family, and his father, Mohammed Ali Mughal, was a trader and at least decently wealthy.
In 1978, he was enrolled at Islamia College and started up his own business while in college. His prosperous father bought a pair of villas, where Javed Iqbal would own and operate his steel-recasting business. Outside of this, very little information is known about the man who would go on to become one of the most nightmarish killers the world has ever known.
Confession & Modus Operandi
He looked haggard. His clothes were dirty, wrinkled, and wet. He was holding two satchels, one filled with eggs, and the other with apples.
He introduced himself. ”I am Javed Iqbal, killer of 100 boys,” he told the receptionist in the lobby of the newspaper office. ”Please tell someone in the reporting section that I have come to surrender.”
The receptionist recalls being unsure what to do. Was this pathetic-looking man really Pakistan’s most notorious killer? On the other hand, merely some bothersome fool?
The hour was late, just after 9 p.m. Deadlines were pressing. Ten minutes passed before a reporter was finally summoned, and he was staggered at the scoop. He invited Mr. Iqbal, scourge of this entire nation, upstairs for questioning.
Killer confessed that he enticed young teens — most of them beggars and runaways — to his tiny apartment in historic Lahore. He fed them and entertained them and asked their life stories and took their snapshots. Then he suffocated them, later dissolving their bodies in large vats of acid. He poured the residue in an alleyway sewer.
he also told the reported that kept an annotated list of his deeds, with his victims’ names and ages and the dates of their deaths. He kept piles of clothing and shoes taken from his victims. When, by his count, he had killed 100, he stopped.
”I could have killed 500, this was not a problem, money was not a problem,” he told reporters and editors in a small office as they recorded his words. ”But the pledge I had taken was of 100 children, and I never wanted to violate this.”
The ”pledge,” he said, was an act of revenge against the police. He repeated an account he had written in an earlier confession, of how two young servants had beaten him up badly last year, of how the police had ignored his complaints and instead accused him of sodomy, something he had been charged with before. He decided that the killing of children would be his means of retribution. ”In this way, I would take revenge from the world I hated,” he said of his six-month homicidal binge. ”My mother cried for me. I wanted 100 mothers to cry for their children.”
In late November, Mr. Iqbal actually turned himself in to a policeman, who ignored his confession as a fantasy. The murderer then sent his incriminating diary and photos to the newspaper The Jang, whose reporters, on Dec. 2, were the first to search his apartment and find evidence of the crimes. By then Mr. Iqbal was a fugitive, though notes he left behind indicated that he intended to drown himself.
He surrendered on Thursday at the three-story offices shared by the The Jang, an Urdu-language publication, and its sister paper, The News, which is written in English.
At Mr. Iqbal’s request, the army was called to take him into custody rather than the police.
It’s rare that serial killer act in the company of others, but this was the case with Javed Iqbal, who had not just one but three accomplices total. The mastermind behind one of the most brutal cases of murder in history didn’t do it without help, but he didn’t recruit grown, adult men who could possibly turn him in; he needed people who would fall under his dark sphere of influence. He found that in runaway teenage boys, not unlike the ones he killed.
Sajid Ahmed was just a 17-year-old boy but was Iqbal’s main accomplice nonetheless. Two other youths were named as accomplices as well, and all three were brought to trial for the killing of 100 boys. Mamad Nadeem, age 15, would be found guilty of 13 murders and receive a sentence of 14 years for each murder, for a total of 182 years. Mamad Sabir was only 13 years old upon sentencing and received a total of 63 years in prison for his deeds.
Mr. Iqbal, who lived off the money from the sale of a family business, contends that he was helped him in the murders by various confederates, including one who has already died in police custody. On Thursday the killer said that many of the victims were made to inhale a mixture of cyanide and acid as they slept.
”I myself wore a mask, and after about five breaths, the sleeping victim would be dead,” he said. ”Then my friends would place the body in a container and later drain it away.” According to The Jang and The News, Mr. Iqbal was unrepentant as he told his story. He was calm as he was led away. ”I am a relieved man today,” he said, even as he acknowledged that his fate was likely to be the gallows.
His Confession lead to his arrest. On 16th March 2000, Judge Allah Baksh’s initial sentence said: “Javed Iqbal has been found guilty of 100 murders. The sentence is that he should be strangled 100 times… His body should be cut into 100 pieces and put in acid, as he did with his victims.”
However, On October 8, 2001, Javed Iqbal and his main accomplice, Sajid Ahmed, committed suicide in their shared jail cell while awaiting their fate. There was some question as to whether the duo really committed suicide or if the guards were so filled with disgust that they killed the two themselves, but this is mere speculation and a question that the world will likely never have an answer to.
Some may think that he was mentally sick and some people believes on his confession which stated that his act of brutality was revenge from police.
Thus, ended the most evil story in Pakistan’s history.