The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday has rejected senior anchorperson Dr. Shahid Masood’s apology regarding the Zainab murder case, saying that, ‘the time for apology has ended’.
Masood has given his apology to the court for not proving his claims against Zainab’s murder being involved in an international child pornography ring. However, even after receiving the formal apology, the three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, rejected the apology.
This means that Masood will have to submit a formal reply over the inquiry report and he has till March 10 to do that. The court has also issued a notice to the private TV channel, where Masood is employed.
After seven-year-old Zainab’s rapist and murderer, Imran Ali, was caught by the police, Masood had alleged that the suspect has links with international child pornography ring and that he also has 37 bank accounts.
The SC formed an investigation team which did not find any truth to these claims and issued a notice to Masood.
However, Masood said that he still stands by the claims and will not apologise for them.
Addressing the media outside the SC, Masood said that his allegations haven’t been proven false yet and he will stand by them.
He further said that the report submitted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) stated that his claims weren’t proven. “The reports have reached the media, but I have yet to receive a copy of it. Also, the report doesn’t say that the claims are false, there is no question of apologising,” he said.
Allegations that Imran posted the photo of Zainab were also proven wrong after thorough investigation.
The suo moto case against Dr. Shahid Masood was heard in the court on March 5.