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No bank account of 'serial killer' found.

LAHORE -- The Punjab government yesterday said no bank account of serial killer Imran Ali had been found, dashing the sensational claims made earlier by a renowned TV anchor.

Citing a State Bank of Pakistan report, Punjab government spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan said the arrested suspect in Zainab case did not have any operational bank account .

Anchorperson and political commentator Dr Shahid Masood in a TV programme had alleged that Imran had over 37 banks accounts through which he received huge foreign money by selling porno films of the kids.

The anchor had presented to Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday two names written on a folded paper of people who, he claimed, were behind an international child pornography ring. He later also told journalists that one of those two men was a federal minister.

"This [SBP report] officially confirms that Dr Shahid Masood concocted a baseless story which we have failed to understand the reason behind, without thinking of its consequences."

Ahmad Khan alleged that Dr Shahid told a lie, and his claims which created a flurry in the society had threatened to derail investigations into the rape-cum-murder cases in Kasur.

Since the matter was sub judice before the Supreme Court, those affected by these false claims would adopt a legal course against the anchorperson after conclusion of the matter at the judicial level, he added.

Earlier in the day, Dr Shahid skipped a session of the Joint Investigation Team, which had summoned him to share the proof of the information he had claimed about the suspect in Zainab case.

A tweet by the provincial government said that despite written notice, Dr Shahid Masood didn't appear before the JIT and 'his contact numbers are switched off and we couldn't connect."

Later in the evening, SBP spokesperson said that the bank had been asked to investigate the number of bank accounts opened against another National Identity Card (CNIC) of the suspect.

The investigation revealed that no bank accounts had been opened against the second CNIC either, the spokesman said.

It was unclear how the suspect was able to hold two separate CNICs.

Giving his response to the SBP report, Dr Shahid Masood told a news channel that news are sometimes wrong and are corrected as a development unfolds with the passage of time. He said that it was not his job to probe the case.

Chairing a cabinet committee meeting on the law and order situation on Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif lauded work of the JIT saying the team was working in a professional manner.

He however directed the investigators to use best professional capabilities and ensure 100 percent facts-based probe, avoiding even the slightest mistake or negligence.

'Cruelty to Zainab in Kasur is a matter of concern for the whole nation and every person should fulfil his social responsibility to curb such happenings in future. JIT should be approached if anybody finds clues about Zainab's murder case,' he said.

He however warned that creation of any ambiguity about the case was tantamount to affecting the investigation and the media should fulfil its responsibility in this regard very carefully, keeping in view the sensitive nature of the case.

The CM said record of the State Bank, Nadra and other agencies would be sought for the investigation of the case.

He asserted that like Zainab, Asma of Mardan was also the daughter of the nation and they were very much upset over the cruelty meted out to her. 'The DNA test of Asma has been completed in the forensic lab and we are ready for further cooperation [with the KP authorities],' he said.

Punjab Minister Sardar Ayub Gadhi, spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan, Adviser Rana Maqbool, the chief secretary, the IGP, the Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory DG, the Punjab advocate general, additional advocate general and other relevant persons attended the meeting.

Punjab Minister Jehangir Khanzada and Banking and Regulations Department of State Bank Director Akhtar Javed participated in the meeting through video link.

On the other hand, ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has submitted a resolution in Punjab Assembly, demanding stoning the child rapists to death.

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Publication:The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Jan 27, 2018
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