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How journalists reacted to Shahid Masood’s bank account claim

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 26, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jan 26, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
KARACHI: Prominent journalist Dr. Shahid Masood has come under fire from Punjab government and even from the journalist community over his claims about bank accounts of Zainab’s suspected killer, a day after the TV personality presented evidence to the Supreme Court. Shahid Masood, in his TV talk-show, had alleged that Zainab’s suspected rapist and murderer...

KARACHI: Prominent journalist Dr. Shahid Masood has come under fire from Punjab government and even from the journalist community over his claims about bank accounts of Zainab’s suspected killer, a day after the TV personality presented evidence to the Supreme Court.

Shahid Masood, in his TV talk-show, had alleged that Zainab's suspected rapist and murderer was a member of a pornography gang which also includes an influential politician.

Over his claims, the Supreme Court, next day, summoned him to provide clarity on his revelations.

When the court asked Masood to provide evidences, he submitted details of the suspect's 37 bank accounts to the court. Shahid Masood also revealed name of the politician before the court.

 

‘Dr Shahid Masood’s prediction that came true’

 

Today, the State Bank of Pakistan and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) exposed the anchor’s claim.

The SBP confirmed to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the case that the prime suspect did not maintain any bank accounts. The FIA also could not found any bank account, contrary to the claim of Shahid Masood.

On the other hand, Dr. Shahid Masood didn't appear before the JIT to prove his claim about the bank accounts, prompting the team to send him a show-cause notice.

Some media segments reported that Dr Shahid Masood has backtracked from his statement about the 37 bank accounts, saying that ‘things are misreported’.

A private news television, quoted him as saying that ‘investigation is not my responsibility’ and that ‘it’s job of state institutions to find authenticity of the news’. He further said that “I did not provide this information with any wrong intent.”

In this piece, let's have a twitter roundup on reaction from journalists about the issue.

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