SC Hints at Charging Dr. Shahid Masood with Contempt for ‘Mocking’ Law Officer

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Tuesday hinted at charging anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood with contempt of court for “mocking” law officer in his talk show.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar made the remarks during the hearing of suo moto notice of the anchorperson’s claims in Zainab case.

At the outset of the hearing, the chief justice reprimanded Dr Masood for mocking a federal law officer in his TV talk show following the previous hearing on March 12.

Expressing displeasure, the chief justice said, “How dare Shahid Masood mock my law officer.”

The bench then called for a short break, asking the court office to get an electronic screen projector to view his recent news programme in which he was seen supposedly mocking the state counsel.

CJP Nisar remarked that he would himself frame contempt charges against the anchorperson after watching the programme.

In the previous hearing, the top court observed that TV anchorperson Shahid Masood will be punished as per the law, while dismissing the anchorperson’s response and remarked that time for apologising is over.

In his programme on the private news channel, Masood had claimed that convicted rapist and murderer of seven-year-old Zainab, Imran Ali, maintained over 37 bank accounts, mostly foreign currency denominated, with transactions in dollars, euros and pounds sterling.

Masood had requested the chief justice, prime minister and army chief to take notice of these facts, claiming that the rapist cum murderer was not deranged or an insane person or a simpleton.

During the suo moto hearing of the Zainab case, Masood had handed over to the CJP two names written on a folded paper of ‘influential’ people who, he claimed, were behind an international racket running a child pornography ring.

During the hearing, On March 7, the top court had warned Masood to submit his objections to Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report laying bogus claims regarding Imran Ali.

On March 1, the JIT submitted its report to the apex court and dismissed all allegations made by the anchorperson regarding the high-profile case.