Lahore: Dr. Shahid Masood reached the Supreme Courts Lahore registry today morning for Zainab Case hearing and was met with a crowd of detractors and abusers.
Dr. Masood had made eye opening revelations in the case that the prime suspect in the Zainab rape-murder case — apart from operating foreign currency accounts — has links with some people who are running an international child pornography ring, he urged the Supreme Court to hear what he has to say and Supreme Court heard his plea and called him for a hearing.
Today will count as the second hearing appearance by Dr. Shahid in connections to his personal investigations of the case.
Dr. Shahid Masood tweeted the following after his arrival at the Supreme Court Registry of Lahore.
Crowds of unknown gathering outside SC planning to abuse me/beat me up and demand “BAN on Dr Shahid Masood”..”Send him to Jail”…”Hang him publically”! …Its not about me my friends,its about Kids like Zainab and Asma and thousands of others! May Allah give us guidance.Ameen
— Dr Shahid Masood (@Shahidmasooddr) January 28, 2018
The tragic murder of Zainab was given a new twist on Thursday when Dr Masood handed over to Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar two names in a folded paper who, he claimed, were behind an international racket running a child pornography ring.
Later talking to journalists, he claimed that one of them was a sitting federal minister but kept the name secret, saying the disclosure might endanger the life of Mohammad Imran — the suspected killer of the Kasur girl who was arrested on Tuesday.
Dr Masood was summoned by the chief justice after the former had in his programme on NewsOne claimed that the suspect maintained over 37 bank accounts mostly in foreign currency with transactions in dollars, euro and pound sterling.
In his programme, the anchor had requested the chief justice, the prime minister and the army chief to take notice of these facts, claiming that the rapist was neither a psychic, deranged or an insane person nor a simpleton.
Dr Masood said he came to know about the international scam during his visit abroad, adding that the suspect enjoyed the backing of a very influential personality. He regretted that the Kasur incident was being discussed all over the world.
He raised concerns about the security of the suspect, saying he feared attempts might be made on his life in police custody and requested the court to hand over the suspect to other institutions.
The chief justice also conceded that the safety and security of the suspect was of great importance at this juncture, but rejected the idea of shifting the suspect from police custody.
The court asked the anchorperson to provide the list of bank accounts of the suspect as well as the transcript of his TV programme. It directed the Punjab government, IGP and the joint investigation team (JIT) to submit a comprehensive reply to the allegations levelled by the anchorperson.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan asked Dr Masood to provide any other information he might have in his possession.
The father of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari has accused the government of trying to ignore the fact that a man accused of raping and killing his daughter is part of an international pornography ring in the Kasur district of Punjab.
The dead girl’s father Mohammed Amin Ansari told Arab News that the government is trying to push the matter under the rug, trying to present Imran Ali as a lone wolf. Ali is currently in police custody.
“Ali is not alone in this crime,” he said in a telephone interview. “Our investigations in the area reveal he is part of a pornographic ring who sexually assault children, shoot them and sell the videos in international market.”
Ansari accused the Punjab government of hiding the details and presenting the accused as a “lone wolf for face-saving or to protect some vested interests.”
But Punjab government spokesperson Malik Ahmad Khan said, “the investigators have so far not found any link of Imran with any child pornographic ring.”