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Dr Shahid Masood to be punished per law, observes CJP

The Supreme Court observed on Monday that anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood, who made startling allegations about the Zainab rape and murder case, will be proceeded against as per the law.
The remarks were made as a chief justice-led three-member bench took up its suo motu notice of the anchorperson’s claims made in a TV show.
During today’s hearing, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar dismissed the anchorperson’s response and observed that the time for apologising is over.
The chief justice then asked the additional attorney general for how long the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority can ban a channel for such a violation.
Rejecting the ‘unconditional apology’ submitted by Masood’s counsel, Justice Ijazul Ahsan observed that the anchor should have realised his responsibility. The case was then adjourned for a week, with directions to the attorney general to submit his response on the matter.
The chief justice also remarked during the hearing that the court will determine whether the matter falls under the purview of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Moreover, during today’s hearing, the court appointed noted lawyer Faisal Siddiqui as amicus curiae (friend of the court) to assist it in the case. At the last hearing on March 7, the Supreme Court had warned the anchorperson to submit his objections to the joint investigation team (JIT) report laying bogus his claims regarding the Zainab murder case convict.
On March 1, the JIT had submitted its report to the Supreme Court and dismissed all of the anchorperson’s allegations regarding the high-profile case.
Addressing Masood in court that day, Chief Justice Nisar had observed that the anchorperson spread sensationalism through his claims.