By Iram Salim
(Pak Destiny) Dr Shahid Masood, a TV anchor, started crying and requested the Supreme Court today to forgive him as he told a ‘big lie’ in the Zainab case but Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar refused to accept his apology.
The shameless TV anchor was given a chance in SC last month to apologise for his lies but he refused that time. The equally shameless channel ‘News One’ continued to provide this chartacter its platform to spread lies unabatedly.
The lair anchorperson had claimed during a late night show that convict Imran Ali in the Zainab murder-cumwas a member of a pornography gang which also includes a Punjab minister. During earlier hearings of the case, Masood had also told the court that the suspect has 37 foreign accounts.
The court today told Dr Masood that it was too late now to apologise after a joint investigation team (JIT) probing his allegations revealed last week that all 18 of the claims made by the anchorperson were false and baseless, and that there was no evidence for any of the allegations made by him.
“In your programme you said that you should be hanged if your allegations are proven incorrect,” Justice Nisar reminded the anchorperson.
Dr Masood’s counsel said that his client was prepared to do whatever the court asked of him. Following this, the anchorperson verbally apologised twice, but the court refused to accept his apologies. “Some people had suggested you should apologise in [an earlier hearing in Lahore,” the CJP said. “The time for an apology has now passed,” Justice Nisar said, adding that Dr Masood could continue contesting the case if he wished.The CJP said that justice would be served in the case, and sought a reply from TV channel News One, adjourning the case till March 12.
Many journalists have urged the SC to make this liar anchorperson an example for the media. “A liar should get an exemplary punishment,” a senior journalist said. He said such an anchor only does ‘paid journalism’. “This is a test for the SC to nail the liar journalists and stop this trend once for all,” he said. – Pak Destiny