Shahid Masood backtracks from claims of Zainab's murderer holding foreign bank accounts

Published: January 26, 2018
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Dr Shahid Masood of BOL TV.  PHOTO: Shahid Masood/Twitter

Dr Shahid Masood of BOL TV. PHOTO: Shahid Masood/Twitter

A day after presenting evidence to the Supreme Court, Dr Shahid Masood backtracked from his statement alleging Zainab’s murderer owned 37 bank accounts, hinting at a child pornography scandal, saying that things are often misreported.

Speaking to the Express News the anchorperson said that investigation was not his responsibility and it was the job of state institutions to find the authenticity of the news.

“I did not provide this information with any wrong intent,” he said.

Masood, in his TV show claimed that the government of Punjab has brazenly lied to people and was later summoned by the Supreme Court to clarify and back his accusations.

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However, the State Bank of Pakistan stated that there has been no bank account found of alleged murderer, Imran.

Masood was supposed to appear before the Joint Investigation Team to submit evidence on Friday but did not do so.

The Supreme Court, taking notice of Masood’s claims, on Thursday had ordered the Punjab police to probe into the TV anchor’s claims that Zainab’s alleged murderer is part of an international racket involved in child pornography and that he hold more than 37 foreign currency accounts.

The bench asked the Punjab police to investigate whether the accused, as claimed by Dr Masood, was actually working for some international group involved in child abuse.

During the hearing, Dr Masood also appeared before the bench and said the accused was not a mentally ill person, but was part of a racket. He claimed that influential people, including a federal minister, were backing him. He expressed fears that the accused might be killed in police custody.

The chief justice observed that responsibility of the suspect’s security during police custody lied with the IG Punjab while the inspector-general of jails was responsible for his safety after judicial remand.

The court asked the anchor to share the names of the prominent figures allegedly involved in the crime.  The names would be kept confidential till the completion of the investigation, it added.

Dr Masood handed over a paper with the names of other suspects to the judges, who warned him of ‘grave consequences’ if the allegations were found incorrect.

The case was adjourned till Monday, January 29.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Nabeel
    Jan 26, 2018 - 4:27PM

    Anybody who trusts what this says should get serious.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 26, 2018 - 5:00PM

    Shahid Masood is a proven liar. “Its not my responsibility to investigate” true, your responsibility is to spread lies and lies only. Recommend

  • Amir
    Jan 26, 2018 - 5:08PM

    SC and pEMRA should jail him and ban him. Will send the right message to these talk show personalities and actors to report facts and stop spreading mayhem to the general public Recommend

  • Nasir
    Jan 26, 2018 - 7:17PM

    Good journalism is a backbone of exposing International child pornography rackets, it is also wrong to for the sake of publicity and political maneovering to fabricate false news. Dr Massods claims must be investigated fully. Wide spread Corruption in the Country is no secret.Recommend

  • Prof Saleem khan
    Jan 26, 2018 - 7:26PM

    Dr sahib very sorry for your journalism and for an illogical claimRecommend

  • Sara
    Jan 26, 2018 - 7:37PM

    The court should order him to get a cognitive test done, not the one that Trump had passed with flying colours. Recommend

  • Naeem
    Jan 26, 2018 - 10:08PM

    I am not sure what Dr. Shahid Masood’s intentions were or are by telling the lies but one thing is sure that he has lost all credibility and I will never watch or listen to his shows.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali
    Jan 27, 2018 - 11:51AM

    @Pakistani: kindly wait till case investigation complete, before that we dint blame to Masood……. Recommend

  • MUKHTAR ALI NAQVI
    Jan 28, 2018 - 12:16AM

    SHAHID MASOOD HAS MADE A GREAT MISTAKE. PERHAPS HE THOUGHT THAT HE WILL CREAT SENSATION AND THE REVELATIONS WILL ADD TO HIS FAME. HE HAS ADMITTED THAT HE IS AT FAUL, BUT WHAT HE HAS DONE IS VIOLATION OF LAW AND MORE ONE PERSON HAVE BEEN TARGETTED BY HIM. I THINK HE IS UNAWARE OF LAW.
    IT SEEMS THAT LEGAL PROCEEDINGS WILL START NEXT WEEK AND HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DEFEND HIMSELF.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jan 28, 2018 - 1:33PM

    From the comments it Seems Pmln keyboard warriors are back.Recommend

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