Islamabad (January 20, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar will hear the Zainab Murder case on Sunday. Hearing the case on January 16, CJP had expressed dissatisfaction over investigation and summoned the JIT report.
Earlier, hearing the suo moto case of the brutal rape and murder of 7-year-old Zainab in Kasur, the Supreme Court bench on last Tuesday expressed its displeasure over the lack of progress by the Punjab government and police.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar summoned the joint investigation team (JIT) probing the incident on Sunday.The directives came as the apex began hearing the case – based on a suo motu notice.
Zainab, aged 7, was kidnapped on January 4 from near her aunt’s house in Kasur. Her body was discovered five days later from a garbage pile. The post-mortem report revealed that Zainab had been raped and murdered.
On the last hearing, Punjab additional inspector general (AIG) and advocate general (AG) appeared in court after they were summoned a day earlier.
Addressing the officials, the chief justice remarked that no significant progress in the case is visible so far, adding that “you can inform us in our chambers if need be”.“The whole nation is upset over the incident. What has been done in the case so far,” the chief justice inquired.
The AIG responded that investigations are under way, whereas the AG informed the bench that around 1,100 suspects have been questioned in the case.
“If the problem isn’t solved then it’ll be a failure of the government and police,” the chief justice observed, adding that the same mistakes are made in every case after which suspects are exonerated due to shoddy investigations.
The AIG informed the court that eight similar cases emerged in Kasur since the last year and a half.
“The government cannot give a time of arrest,” the AIG informed the court.Chief Justice Nisar observed that millions of rupees are spent on safe city projects, adding that there should be a firm belief that the killer will be caught as the court doesn’t “want the suspect caught and killed in an encounter”.
During the hearing, the chief justice also remarked that the accused in the Zainab case is a serial killer.
The chief justice also commented on the role of Parliament, asserting that the “Parliament is supreme”.
“It should take steps on this issue,” the chief justice remarked, adding that he has requested Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani in this regard as well.He argued that the relationship of strangers between the judiciary and Parliament should end, saying that he is ready to meet members of Parliament on the issue of reforms.
The chief justice regretted the lack of lawmaking from Parliament regarding child abuse.
Addressing the matter of the same case being heard by the Lahore High Court chief justice, Chief Justice Nisar remarked that high courts do not have suo motu jurisdiction and restrained it from hearing the case.
Chief Justice Nisar then summoned the JIT, formed to probe the incident, at the next hearing on Sunday, which will be heard in the Lahore Registry.The head of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency has also been summoned.
Chief Justice Nisar had taken a suo motu notice of the case on January 10. After the Supreme Court had taken notice, the Punjab Police submitted a report to the court on January 11.
The report had provided details of Zainab’s kidnapping and the ongoing investigation.