Supreme Court edicts ban on Dr. Shahid Masood’s TV show for three months
Islamabad (Web Desk) : The Supreme Court ordered on Tuesday a three-month ban on anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood’s TV show.
The TV anchor had in January claimed in his show that Imran Ali, killer of Kasur’s Zainab is a member of international child pornography gang having connections with a senior Punjab politician.
Headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, a bench of the apex court, gave this order while hearing a case pertaining to the anchorperson’s claims about the convicted murderer and rapist of Kasur’s little Zainab.
The news anchor offered the court an unconditional apology “from the depths of his heart” for being unable to prove his startling allegations against the convicted rapist and murderer, Imran Ali, of six-year-old Zainab in Kasur. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, however, dismissed the verbal apology, saying: “I will not forgive you without punishment”.
The bench debarred Shahid Masood from hosting a news programme for a period of three months following a probe committee found his startling claims false and baseless.
As the hearing began, the chief justice revealed that the anchorperson had ridiculed a court officer on his show a day after appearing in court.
“It is possible we initiate contempt proceedings against him,” the chief justice remarked, adding, “how dare he say this about my law officer”.
Subsequently, the bench directed him to submit a written apology and ordered him to stay off the air for three months.