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Noor Mukadam homicide case: Islamabad court docket to announce verdict on Feb 24

Noor Mukadam
Following a number of twists and deferrals, a neighborhood court docket in Islamabad has lastly reached a choice within the high-profile case pertaining to the homicide of Noor Mukadam.

The District and Classes Courtroom choose, Justice Ata Rabbani, reserved the decision within the case, after petitioner’s counsel accomplished his arguments within the case. The reserved verdict will likely be introduced on February 24.

The counsels representing the accused had already offered their ultimate arguments within the final listening to.

On the outset of immediately’s listening to, the principle accused Zahir Jaffer was offered earlier than court docket.

Advocate Khawar Shah, the counsel representing Noor’s father, restated the main points and occasions earlier than the homicide as per the CCTV footage submitted in proof.

“The case has stable proof towards the accused, primarily based on DVR, CDR, forensic and DNA stories. All of the proof gathered scientifically has been made a part of the case,” he stated.

Sustaining that the prosecution has proved the case towards Zahir, the counsel pleaded to the court docket to award strict punishment to all of the accused.

In the meantime, prosecutor Rana Hassan requested: “What would have a father gone by when he noticed the decapitated physique of his daughter?”

He contended that the most important proof towards Jaffer is that he was arrested from the crime scene with the homicide weapon and bloodstained garments and the DVR was declared genuine and offered because the final proof within the case.

“Every Pakistani is following [developments in] this case and observing how the nation’s system is working. The court docket ought to make this case an instance by punishing the accused as strictly as potential,” the prosecutor acknowledged.

Countering the prosecution’s arguments, Zahir’s counsel maintained that the prosecution has been claiming that each object [evidence against accused] has Zahir’s fingerprints, however it’s nonetheless unable to state the explanation for why his fingerprints weren’t discovered on the homicide weapon.

Why wasn’t Noor’s mom made a part of the investigations, he questioned.

“Noor Mukadam might have referred to as anybody to tell [about her situation] by locking herself in a rest room however she did not.”

After completion of the arguments, the court docket reserved the decision for announcement on February 24.

Zahir Jaffer pleads not responsible

The case took a brand new activate February 10, when Zahir pleaded not responsible to the crime.

On behalf of the principle accused, his lawyer submitted his consumer’s defence within the case in a questionnaire given by the court docket.

Zahir instructed the court docket that he was in a “relationship” with the sufferer for a very long time and each the households additionally knew one another. Nevertheless, he clarified that he was “not in contact with Noor for six months.”

“On July 18, she voluntarily got here to my home with an enormous amount of medication. Noor instructed me to host a drug celebration and I refused,” stated Zahir.

The accused then claimed earlier than the court docket that on July 20 the sufferer invited her associates to the stated celebration. He added he was alone at residence on the time, as his mother and father and different members of the family had been in Karachi for Eid celebrations.

“A couple of hours later once I awakened, I discovered myself tied in my lounge,” stated Jaffer, including that after a couple of minutes, uniformed police and other people in civil garments “rescued” him.

“Once I was rescued, I obtained to know that Noor was murdered by somebody attending the drug celebration or another person murdered her,” stated Jaffer.

He additionally claimed that the sufferer’s father is an “influential” particular person and obtained him concerned within the case by pressurising the police.

The homicide

The prime suspect within the homicide of Noor Mukadam, Zahir, was formally charged for the crime by an Islamabad court docket in October 2021. In addition to him, two of the household’s workers — Jamil and Jan Mohammad — had been additionally indicted, together with Zahoor.

Noor Mukadam, a 27-year-old lady, was murdered on July 20 inside the limits of the ​Kohsar police station in Islamabad’s F-7 space.

A case of homicide was later registered on the similar police station by Noor’s father, former Pakistani ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam.

The Islamabad police arrested suspect Zahir on the night time of July 20 from his home the place, in keeping with Noor’s mother and father, he killed her with a pointy instrument and severed her head.