Dr Shahid Masood’s claims about Zainab murder suspect proved wrong: Punjab govt

LAHORE: Punjab government’s spokesperson Malik Ahmad Khan on Friday categorically dismissed reckless allegations of Dr. Shahid Masood while terming them an attempt to de-track the ongoing probe.
While terming Masood’s allegations a figment of him, Khan stated that State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) thoroughly scrutinized local and international data and didn’t find any account linked to prime accused in Zainab murder case.
Khan stated that joint investigation team (JIT) summoned Dr. Masood twice but he failed in registering an appearance.
“Counterfeit details linked to Imran s bank accounts (prime accused in Zainab murder case) were produced. Both SBP and JIT have submitted their findings in this regard”, spokesperson told attendants.
Meanwhile, JIT—constituted to probe Zainab murder case—has summoned Dr. Shahid Masood again on Jan-26.
Earlier, SBP submitted a report submitted to the Punjab cabinet’s sub-committee on Friday stating that Imran Ali, has no bank account registered on his name.
The report was reviewed in a meeting attended by Additional Chief Secretary of Interiior Azam Suleman, Special Branch and other high officials.
In his response, Dr Shahid Masood said he has revealed the news but it is not his responsibility to conduct investigation into the matter.
At sometimes, news can be false, it is not a big issue, he added.
Earlier on Thursday, the Punjab government also opened an investigation into whether suspect arrested in the slaying of minor girls in Kasur was linked to an international child-porn ring.
A notification issued by the Punjab Home Department added two members to the existing JIT investigating the case, in light of new revelations made by senior acnhorperson Shahid Masood.
Masood, in his show that aired late Wednesday night, alleged that Zainab’s suspected rapist and murderer was a member of an international pornography ring. He further stated that the suspect had 37 foreign currency bank accounts.
He also claimed that the accused had links with a federal minister and prominent personality in the country.

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