Noor Mukadam homicide: Zahir Jaffer ‘affected by extreme psychological ailment’, counsel tells court docket

Zahir Jaffer. File photo
Zahir Jaffer. File photograph

ISLAMABAD: The counsel for Zahir Jaffer, the prime accused within the Noor Mukadam homicide case, on Wednesday filed a plea in a court docket contending that his consumer is “affected by a extreme psychological ailment” and must be examined by a medical board to find out his psychological state.

Zahir is accused of raping and murdering Noor at his residence in Islamabad’s F-7 a few months earlier. The grisly homicide despatched shockwaves throughout the nation, triggering requires Zahir to be punished severely.

He was indicted on October 14 by a trial court docket together with 11 others, together with his dad and mom.

An madness plea was filed within the court docket of Additional Sessions Judge Atta Rabbani by Zahir’s counsel Advocate Sikandar Zulqarnain Saleem.

It contended that Zahir “is suffering from a severe mental ailment which is necessary to be determined through an authorised medical board according to the commands of the legislature and local and international law”.

‘Planned act’

Shah Khawar, the lawyer representing Noor’s father Shaukat Mukadam, confirmed that Zahir’s lawyer had filed an madness plea for his consumer.

“Zahir Jaffer shouted various times in the courtroom due to which he was kicked out,” mentioned Khawar, confirming that the lawyer has demanded a medical board be set as much as conduct Zahir’s medical check-up.

“Maybe Zahir Jaffer has been instructed to act like a mental patient,” he mentioned. “[Because] when a court declares a suspect insane, their trial is suspended,” he added.

He mentioned he suspects that the request to type a medical board for Zahir Jaffer was a “planned” act.

The homicide

Noor Mukadam’s homicide has obtained nationwide press protection because of the stunning and brutal method the sufferer was killed allegedly by Zahir earlier this 12 months.

Noor’s father, Shaukat Mukadam, served as Pakistan’s ambassador to South Korea and Kazakhstan.

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