SC bars LHC from hearing Zainab murder case


ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has stopped Lahore High Court (LHC) from hearing Zainab murder case.

The court while adjourning the hearing of suo motu notice case till Sunday has summoned the investigaigton team.

A 3-member bench of SC presided over by the Chief Jusitce of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday took up for hearing suo motu noltice case of Zainab murder.

The court while stopping LHC from hearing this case remarked that high court is not authorised to take suo motu notice. We are stopping hearing of the case in LHC.

At the inception of the hearing of the case, Additiaonal IG Punjab appeared in the court.

The CJP while addressing additonal IG Pujab remarked “ the whole nation is aggrieved over this incident. Tell us what progress has been made in the case.

The court was told that work was underway in the perspective of investigation. As man y as 8 incidents of this nature have taken place during the last one and a half year.

CJP said to additional IG Punjab” if you want to tell us about your investigations in chamber then tell us. So far no progress is being seen.

Additioanl IG Police Punjab said timeframe for arresting the accused can not be given.

CJP remaerked “ I don’t want the accused is arrested and is killed in police encouter. It should be made sure that the accused would be arrested.

CJP remarked who has raped Zainab seems to be a serial killer.Tayyaba violence case is with us. No law has so far come from parliamenet on matters related to children.

CJP observed people are acquitted due to poor investigaiton of police. In every case the same mistakes are committed. If the matter is not resolved then it will be failure of police and governemnt.

CJP remarked the accused gets the benefit of flaws in the investigation. We will hold conference about flaws in inquiry and investigation and Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will address the conference.

CJP observed “ I repeatedly say parliamrnt is supreme and parliaemnt should take steps in this regard. If parliamentariasn want to meet me on the matter of reforms , I am prepared to meet them.

The court while adjourning the hearing of the case till January 21 summoned the investigation team. The next hearing of the case will take place in Lahore.