The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday banned television anchorperson Shahid Masood from hosting his programme for three months and asked him to submit a written apology to the court.
The news anchor offered the court an unconditional apology “from the depths of his heart” for being unable to prove his startling allegations against the convicted rapist and murderer of six-year-old Zainab in Kasur. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, however, dismissed the verbal apology, saying: “I will not forgive you without punishment”.
“I have been hearing about the ‘depths of your heart’ for a while now,” Justice Nisar remarked.
The CJP then told Masood to “suggest a punishment for himself or the court will ban him for six months”. Masood first suggested a ban for one month and then extended it to two months.