Zainab rape and murder case: News anchor summoned by Pakistan Supreme Court

Updated: Jan 27, 2018, 13:28 IST | ANI

A TV news anchor had recently been summoned by the Pakistan Supreme Court after the former said in his show that the accused in the rape and murder case of a minor girl, Zainab

Pakistani policemen escort the suspect accused of raping and murdering a young girl as they leave an anti-terrorist court in Lahore on January 24, 2018. Pakistani police on January 23 arrested the key suspect accused of raping and murdering a young girl in a case that enraged the country and stoked fears a serial killer was preying on children in the city of Kasur. The killing of six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen -- the 12th child found raped and murdered in Kasur within a two-kilometre radius in the last two years -- sparked riots, with thousands swarming police stations and setting fire to politicians' homes, accusing authorities of inaction. Pic/AFP
Pakistani policemen escort the suspect accused of raping and murdering a young girl as they leave an anti-terrorist court in Lahore on January 24, 2018. Pakistani police on January 23 arrested the key suspect accused of raping and murdering a young girl in a case that enraged the country and stoked fears a serial killer was preying on children in the city of Kasur. The killing of six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen -- the 12th child found raped and murdered in Kasur within a two-kilometre radius in the last two years -- sparked riots, with thousands swarming police stations and setting fire to politicians' homes, accusing authorities of inaction. Pic/AFP

A TV news anchor had recently been summoned by the Pakistan Supreme Court after the former said in his show that the accused in the rape and murder case of a minor girl, Zainab, was a member of a pornography gang, which also includes a Punjab minister. According to news daily, the Dawn, anchor Shahid Masood was summoned on Thursday to shed more light on the revelations he had made during a late night show in connection with the rape and murder case of six-year-old Zainab Amin and other children in Kasur city.

During the hearing, the mediaperson was advised by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Mian Saqib Nisar, to pen down the names of the provincial minister and another influential person he had mentioned in his show. Masood did as advised and handed over the names to the CJP after writing them on a piece of paper. After watching the footage of Masood's TV show in court, a three-judge bench, headed by the CJP, also advised the Punjab Police and a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the evidence provided by the anchor. Masood also revealed before the judges that the suspect in custody was a "member of an international ring" and has 37 foreign currency bank accounts and the support of the country's most important personality and a minister.

After listening to Masood's claims, the CJP warned the journalist too. "If these accusations are incorrect, it will not be good," Nisar said. The case will now be heard on Monday. Zainab's case has sparked widespread outrage across the country and on social media when her body was recovered from a heap in Kasur on January 9, five days after she went missing from near her aunt's house in the city.

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