Punjab

Zainab murder case: JIT finds all claims of anchor Shahid Masood false

The joint investigation team (JIT) probing TV anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood’s claims regarding the Zainab murder case convict submitted its report to the Supreme Court on Thursday.
Zainab was kidnapped on January 4 in Kasur and found dead five days later from a garbage pile. The post-mortem revealed Zainab had been raped. Later, the authorities succeeded in nabbing the suspect, Imran. He has since been sentenced to death by the trial court.
Submitting its report today, the JIT has declared baseless all of the 18 allegations levelled by the anchorperson. 
The JIT report states that no proof was found of any foreign influence or political connections with the high-profile rape and murder case. 
Moreover, the report states that the rejection of the convict’s multiple bank accounts had already been issued by the relevant authority. 
It also states that no links of the convict with an international mafia or a serving federal minister were found.
On Jan 28 in Lahore, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar took up the anchorperson’s allegations that the suspect had several bank accounts and was part of an international ring involving government officials.
“You said there is evidence of 37 accounts, please present it,” the chief justice had asked the anchorperson.
“There’s a coverup,” claimed the anchorperson, and asked the court to inquire from the police where the victim was kept before being killed.
Failing to present a satisfying reply and instead questioning the chief justice’s own practices, the anchorperson was admonished for levelling baseless allegations.
The court then ordered the formation of a JIT, headed by Federal Investigation Agency Director General Bashir Memon, to investigate the anchorperson’s claims.