Zainab murder case: Dr. Shahid Masood startling claims regarding ‘serial killer’
–Submits names of a Punjab minister and another influential man in SC, fears for life of suspect
–SC orders Punjab IG to ensure suspect’s security, as Punjab CM forms committee to look into anchorperson’s claims
The Supreme Court summoned television anchorperson Shahid Masood on Thursday to explain the details he had revealed regarding the key suspect in Zainab’s rape and murder case during his late-night show.
“I submitted a completely different document in court than the one circulating on internet (regarding Imran’s bank accounts),” said Dr Masood while answering a question about the authenticity of his claim.
He repeated his claim that a highly influential political figure is either backing or is involved in the child pornography racket working in Kasur, a group which makes unethical videos of children and then uploads it on dark web.
Dr Masood maintained that the group backed by influential people is working in Kasur long before the city became a PML-N stronghold and that he has received more information now than he had in the morning when he appeared in the court.
Masood, in his show that aired late Wednesday night, alleged that Zainab’s suspected rapist and murderer was a member of an international pornography gang which also allegedly includes a Punjab minister. He further stated that the suspect in custody for the murder of Zainab and other children is not is not as simple as he seems rather, he is a “member of an international ring”.
Kidnapped on January 4 and found from a garbage heap on January 9, Zainab’s autopsy report suggested that the minor was sexually assaulted before being strangulated to death.
JUSTICE FOR ZAINAB: 7-YEAR-OLD’S RAPE, MURDER SHAKES PAKISTAN
The girl’s rape and murder sparked outrage among the residents of the city and whole of Pakistan with social activists and general public starting a trend #JusticeForZainabon social media.
Zainab’s parents were performing Umrah when the incident occurred, as they landed back in Pakistan, they demanded justice from Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
On January 21, the Supreme Court gave three days’ time to a joint investigation team formed to probe the rape and murder of Zainab to track down the culprit.
The Joint Investigation Team formed to arrest the culprit nabbed Imran Arshad on January 23 after the DNA proved that he was behind the rape and murder of Zainab and at least eight other girls from Kasur.