Dr Shahid Masood will be punished as per law: CJP
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected the reply submitted by anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood in case pertaining to rape and murder case of minor seven-year-old Zainab Ansari in Kasur.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu case pertaining to the anchorperson’s claim.
In his reply submitted in the apex court the anchorperson had expressed repentance over what he had said in his program.
In today’s proceedings, the CJP remarked that the anchorperson’s reply was not acceptable and said the time for an apology has passed now.
Justice Saqib Nisar observed that Dr Shahid Masood will be punished according to the law.
The court also asked the additional attorney general for how long the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) can ban a channel or the anchorperson.
The CJP further said: “I have seen the video of your program time and again in which you repeated your demand to take suo moto action in the case, you also asked to be hanged if your allegations are proven wrong. JIT has denied your allegations.”
Justice Ijazul Ahsan maintained that Dr Shahid Masood should have realized his responsibility.
The court the adjourned for a week and directed the attorney general to submit a reply in the case.
The anchorperson in his show had claimed that the convict Imran Ali was a member of a pornography gang which also has a connection with a Punjab minister. Also, Masood had told the court that the suspect has 37 bank accounts including foreign currency accounts.
Earlier, a committee formed to probe into the claims made by Dr Shahid Masood, in its report had declared the anchor’s allegations baseless in the rape and murder case of minor seven-year-old Zainab Ansari.
Sources said that the report submitted in the apex court stated that the allegations of accused Imran Ali being a member of international mafia were not proved, while no evidence could be found into television anchor’s claims of the convict’s political association.
The report further stated that the allegations of Imran Ali’s 37 bank accounts were not proved, while the evidence of violent child pornography in Kasur were also baseless.
Sources said that the committee has declared all 18 allegations leveled by the anchorperson as baseless.
The allegations regarding Imran Ali being beaten in the custody were not proved, while the claims that the convict sent minor girl’s picture to international viewers before committing the crime were found to be false.