Zainab murder case: Body to dig out truth about Shahid Masood's claims

ISLAMABAD: As announced a day earlier, the Supreme Court on Monday constituted a three-member inquiry committee to determine the veracity of Dr Shahid Masood allegations that the alleged murderer of Kasur’s six-year-old Zainab is part of an international racket and bears 37 bank accounts.

The committee will be headed by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Bashir Memon and comprise Intelligence Bureau Joint Director (Islamabad) Anwar Ali and Islamabad Police Assistant Inspector General (Operation Division) Asmatullah Junejo.

Zainab was kidnapped on January 4 from near her aunt’s house in Kasur. Her body was discovered five days later from a garbage heap. The post-mortem report revealed that she had been raped and murdered.

The committee may seek assistance from any senior officer of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for probing into the alleged bank accounts of suspect Imran Ali as well as other experts whom it may consider helpful for the purpose of conducting its inquiry and probing the issue.

It will record the testimony of Dr Masood; consider the material the anchor desires to produce in support of his claim during the inquiry; and collect any other relevant material available from other quarters. It shall submit its report within a period of 30 days.

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The Supreme Court took notice of Dr Masood’s claims made during his television show on January 24 and summoned him to the court. The anchor also provided the court with names of the suspect’s alleged accomplices, including an unnamed federal minister.

Later, the Punjab government rejected Dr Masood’s claim by showing a letter from the SBP which stated that the suspect did not hold any bank account. The court warned the TV anchor that he would have to face serious consequences if he failed to support his claim with evidence.

On Sunday, the court summoned the TV anchor once again, but he failed to produce any evidence, as claimed during his earlier court appearance.

The court, however, announced a new inquiry committee after Dr Masood expressed his lack of trust in the one formed by the Punjab government.

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