Islamabad Court Indicts 12 Accused, Including Zahir Jaffer, In Noor Mukadam Case

Noor Mukadam, Zahir Jaffer, Zakir Jaffer, Ismat adamjee, Shaukat Mukadam, Tahir Zahoor

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Islamabad Court Indicts 12 Accused, Including Zahir Jaffer, In Noor Mukadam Murder Case ”

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A district and sessions court in Islamabad indicted 12 persons, including prime accused Zahir Jaffer, for their alleged involvement in the murder of Noor Mukadam, whose body was found at a residence in Islamabad’s upscale Sector F-7/4 on July 20 earlier this year.
Besides Zahir, the court framed charges against Zahir’s parents, Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, their three household staff, Iftikhar, Jan Muhammad and Jameel, and six Therapy Works employees, identified as Tahir Zahoor, Amjad, Dilip Kumar, Abdul Haq, Wamiq and Samar Abbas.
Of the accused, the six Therapy Works employees, who are currently on bail, appeared before the court in their personal capacity. The remaining accused were brought to the court from Adiala jail.
After Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani indicted the accused, all of them pleaded not guilty to the charges. At this, the court summoned the prosecution’s witnesses on October 20 to start the trial.
At the outset of the hearing, Zakir — the father of the prime accused — filed a request to the court, asking it not to proceed with the indictment. His lawyer, Rizwan Abbasi, contended that no evidence had been provided to his client on the basis of which charges could be framed against Zakir.
He added that the evidence produced before the court could not be linked to Zakir.
For his part, the counsel for Noor’s father, Shaukat Mukadam, argued that the evidence could be examined during the trial, adding that at this stage, the court was only indicting the accused and not handing out sentences to them. He prayed the court to dismiss Zakir’s request and indict the accused.
All the while the lawyers presented their arguments, Zahir — the prime suspect — continued to interject. Pointing to Therapy Works’ employees present at the hearing, he said they had barged into his house.
Zahir further stated that Noor was his friend and asked his parents’ counsel not to interfere in the matter. “They are discussing my property. My property should not be discussed,” he said, adding that his life was in danger.
He claimed that Noor “wanted to sacrifice [her life] and presented herself for the sacrifice”.
Zahir also asked for forgiveness from Shaukat during the hearing. “My life is in danger. Have mercy on me,” he said. He also requested the court multiple times to let him make a phone call, without specifying whom he wanted to call.
The court, however, did not grant him permission to make the call.
Another accused in the case, Iftikhar — one of Zahir’s household staff — wept before the court, saying that Noor had been visiting Zahir’s residence for the past two years.
“I had no idea that this (Noor’s murder) would happen,” he said.
Following the exchange. the court initially reserved its judgement on the indictment of the accused, but later framed charges against them.
The court had last month set October 6 for framing charges in the case but had deferred it after the accused had filed fresh petitions, seeking certain documents along with the copy of the challan.
The court had then fixed October 14 for the indictment in the case.
Meanwhile, Zahir’s parents had approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC), seeking annulment of the sessions court’s order to indict 12 suspects in the murder case on October 14. No progress has been made on their petition to the IHC so far.

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