LAHORE - After shocking disclosure of internal as well as foreign bank accounts of the suspect in Zainab murder case, the home department has inducted two more members in the already constituted joint investigation team (JIT) to probe its links to child pornography.

Punjab Forensic Science Agency Director-General Dr Ashraf Tahir and a senior officer of the State Bank of Pakistan will be the other members of the JIT to probe the allegations of the foreign bank accounts of Imran Ali Naqshbandi. The JIT in the case is headed by a deputy inspector general of Punjab police.

TV anchor Dr Shahid Masood had revealed details of Imran’s bank accounts in a show. Later, he furnished the details to the apex court in a suo motu case.

The JIT now would probe accused Imran Ali’s bank accounts and submit its report to the court by Monday. The CJP has also ordered the IGP police and the IG prisons to ensure security of the accused on 14-day judicial remand. The accused is reported to be part of a big mafia running child pornography business.

Many controversies after the DNA matching of the suspect have also surfaced. The questions arise why the Punjab authorities managed an early press conference when many aspects of the case had yet to be disclosed, why the police failed to trace out the network involved in child pornography in Kasur as reported by the media some two years back and who was supporting the child pornography ring being operated in Kasur while Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had linked it to land disputes. The overall criminal justice system that includes police, prosecution and the judiciary is also under attack.

A senior home department officer on condition of anonymity said after Imran Ali admitted to killing five minor girls at under-construction sites and throwing bodies of three others into a garbage pile, the killing of different people in police encounters also raises many questions. According to him, probe into firing at demonstrators and punishment to the police officials responsible for killing two protesters and wounding many others will also be demanded. He said the apex court may direct the JIT to also probe the sexual abuse of dozens of children reported two years back in Kasur and fix its responsibility. He added it would be a test case for the JIT to trace out the violent porn industry in which such videos are sold to the international child sex industry. This all is done on ‘dark web’ for which children from Third World countries, including Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, are an easy target. Zainab case was vivid to link it to that mafia, the officer asserted.

Some media reports quoting a JIT member said the bank accounts mentioned by anchor Dr Shahid Masood were bogus. However, Shahid Masood said his information submitted to the court was different from the one viral in the media.

The spokesperson for the Punjab police said the joint investigation team (JIT) members have begun a regular interrogation of accused Imran for sexual abuse with innocent souls after seeking a 14-day remand from a special court.

All modern and scientific aspects of this case are being observed keenly while other incidents of sexual abuse of innocent children are also to be investigated and information is being collected, taking all stakeholders on board so that facts could be found out after collecting evidence. He further said the JIT officers have met with the heirs of two deceased children and have collected information while the father of Zainab, Haji Amin, could not meet the JIT members owing to his ill health. He will meet the JIT after his recovery. The JIT has also arranged a private channel talk show with Dr Shahid Masood regarding all the evidences disclosed by him in his programme about the Kasur incident. Furthermore, Punjab Forensic Science Agency DG Dr Muhammad Ashraf Tahir and a senior member of the State Bank of Pakistan have been inducted in the JIT to increase its strength.

The JIT has requested the State Bank of Pakistan governor to provide all information of the bank accounts and all the transactions made by Imran.

 

 

JIT to probe suspect’s bank accounts , links with porn ring

JAVED IQBAL