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Top court suspends Shahid Masood's TV show for three months
By Hasnaat Mailk
Published: March 20, 2018
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Dr Shahid Masood. PHOTO COURTESY: Twitter/Shahid Masood


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court banned on Tuesday, senior anchorperson Shahid Masood’s TV programme for three months.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar resumed hearing in case pertaining to allegations made by Masood regarding the rapist and murderer of a seven-year-old girl in Kasur.

The bench also directed Masood to submit a written unconditional apology.

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During court proceedings, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Nisar recalled Masood’s statement that he was ready to be ‘hanged’ if his allegations were proven wrong and said: “We will not give you capital punishment like you asked but we will ask you what should be the punishment for you.”

When Masood replied that he was ready to be taken off-air for two months, Justice Nisar suggested six months. After back-and-forth arguments, the bench decided to suspend his news show for three months.

“I don’t know what you think of the courts in Pakistan,” said the CJP while addressing Masood. “Let it be clear that either the courts have evolved or may be I have changed.”

“This is the majesty of constitution and law,” remarked Justice Nisar.

Separately, the senior anchorperson also tendered unconditional apology over unethical remarks made in his programme against Additional Advocate General Punjab Ayesha Hamid.

Zainab rape, murder case: SC rejects Dr Shahid Masood’s reply

Following the hearing, Masood submitted a written unconditional apology to the apex court. An exclusive copy of which is available with The Express Tribune.

In the apology, he stated that: “I hereby express remorse and repentence over whatever I stated in the said programme and tender unconditional, unqualified and sincere apology from this court.”

“I place myself before the mercy and Majesty of this Honourable Court and seek clemency. That I hold this Honourable Court at a very high esteem and expect very sympathetic treatment,” it added. “I also hereby state that I will accept any treatment of law extended by this Honourable Court into the matter and will abide by the same in its letter and spirit.”


Copy of the unconditional apology submitted by Shahid Masood. PHOTO: EXPRESS

In an earlier hearing, the top court had rejected the senior anchorperson’s reply in Zainab’s rape and murder case. “The reply is unacceptable,” Justice Nisar had said. “Time for pardon has passed.”

The chief justice had observed that Masood had made incorrect statements before the court. “This is also contempt of court,” noted CJP. “There will be punishment as per law.”

During court proceedings, Masood had expressed his regret for the statements he made in the programme as Additional Advocate General Punjab pointed out that TV shows are watched by millions.
 

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That's a stupid and unfair decision. He should rather be rewarded for standing for an innocent rape and murder victim.
While Nawaz and his illegitimate daughter can keep barking against the country, its army and its institution ..that does not pinch even a single bit the hon' CJSC...What a double standard this judiciary has. I feel the SC is protecting quite a few powerful personalities.
 
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There is a sinister design here. The focus should be on the victims of Kasoor but it has been completely hijacked by a non issue. Clearly this connects to some very serious people.
 

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There is a sinister design here. The focus should be on the victims of Kasoor but it has been completely hijacked by a non issue. Clearly this connects to some very serious people.
I have a feeling that involves some very powerful names perhaps some judges ...because the way FIA (a compromised agency) investigated raises a lot of doubts. Now the new evidence has come to forefront in Zeinab's case from the forensic labs and instead of focussing on that the the cheap justice has focussed on shooting the messenger.
 

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I have a feeling that involves some very names perhaps some judges ...because the way FIA (a compromised agency) investigated raises a lot of doubts. Now the new evidence has come to forefront in Zeinab's case from the forensic labs and instead of focussing on that the the cheap justice has focussed on shooting the messenger.
indeed. malpractices aside the way media began a frenzy targeting and diverting attention away from this serious situation is a very big indicator of powerful people being involved.
 

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That's a stupid and unfair decision. He should rather be rewarded for standing for an innocent rape and murder victim.
Sir ... the decision is by Supreme Court of Pakistan and all Pakistanis should respect it. Whatever the reputation of Dr Shahid and his TV programme, in this case he was failed to provide any proof to support his claim.

While Nawaz and his illegitimate daughter can keep barking against the country, its army and its institution ..that does not pinch even a single bit the hon' CJSC...What a double standard this judiciary has. I feel the SC is protecting quite a few powerful personalities.
This is the dilemma of Pakistan, the corrupt elite, we are voting is only turn the 'مقدس' parliament for making laws only to support/protect themselves, common Pakistani have no importance for them. Since last 70 years they even miserably failed to provide 'drinking water' which is a constitutional basic right of every Pakistani.
It seems there are to separate law systems in Pakistan which were delivered by 'مقدس' parliament, one for protecting corrupt elites and the other to punish common Pakistani.
Hail to 'مقدس' parliament.
 

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It’s a great opportunity for Dr.Sahab to work for international media company either as a Journalist reporter or in media management. Supreme Court and his critics/ corrupt anchors will understand his points in few years.

Now ban other analysts and anchors for false reporting. CJP needs to act justly across the board.
I don’t trust our judicial system. Establishment and judicial system is full of corruptions. If judges want they can resolve mega corruption cases in very short amout of time but they are keep dragging them. Each case should be resolve within 3 weeks, not more than that.

I think our Establishment had already made a deal with Zardari for next five years...all what is going on is just a topi drama.

This is the dilemma of Pakistan, the corrupt elite, we are voting is only turn the 'مقدس' parliament for making laws only to support/protect themselves, common Pakistani have no importance for them. Since last 70 years they even miserably failed to provide 'drinking water' which is a constitutional basic right of every Pakistani.
It seems there are to separate law systems in Pakistan which were delivered by 'مقدس' parliament, one for protecting corrupt elites and the other to punish common Pakistani.
Hail to 'مقدس' parliament.
Pakistan is need of complete Overhaul of our political system. We need Presidential system with independent NAB and strong anticorruption policies.

Sir ... the decision is by Supreme Court of Pakistan and all Pakistanis should respect it. Whatever the reputation of Dr Shahid and his TV programme, in this case he was failed to provide any proof to support his claim.
It’s not his responsibility to provide proof. He is only asking agencies and court to take a notice of things. It’s the investigation agencies responsiblity to find the proof. Anyone has some experience with internet/ ethical hacking can find these site and traceout the IP address of those uploading these videos from Pakistan. Our police and investigation system is antique and it also need overhauling. American police of 1930s were better than our current Punjab police.
 
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My condolences to Dr. Shahid and I hope he returns as fresh and motivated as ever.
 

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