Zahir Jaffer, 11 others indicted for Noor Mukadam’s homicide

Zahir Jaffer (wearing a grey shirt), his father Zakir Jaffer (centre) arrive to attend an IHC hearing in Islamabad on September 23, 2021. — Online/File
Zahir Jaffer (sporting a gray shirt), his father Zakir Jaffer (centre) arrive to attend an IHC listening to in Islamabad on September 23, 2021. — Online/File

The Islamabad High Court on Thursday formally charged Zahir Jaffer — the prime suspect in Noor Mukadam’s homicide case — and 11 others for the felony offence.

Two of the accused household’s staff — Jamil and Jan Mohammad —and Therapy Works Chief Executive Officer Tahir Zahoor have been among the many 11 others indicted.

Six out of the 12 people indicted by Additional Sessions Court Judge Atta Rabbani have been dropped at the courtroom from Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi, whereas the six others had beforehand acquired bail from the courtroom. All these indicted pleaded not responsible to the fees.

During the listening to, the lawyer of Zahir’s dad and mom, Advocate Rizwan Abbasi, stated that the proof produced within the courtroom had nothing to do with Zakir Jaffer, subsequently, he couldn’t be indicted within the homicide case.

In response, the lawyer for Shaukar Mukadam, Noor Mukadam’s father, stated the proof will be reviewed in the course of the trial.

“The accused is being charged, but has not been sentenced yet,” the lawyer stated.

During the courtroom’s proceedings, Zahir continued to interject remarks and stated that the workers of Therapy Works had compelled their approach into the home.

Zahir additionally apologised to Shaukat Mukadam within the courtroom and begged him for forgiveness.

“My life is in danger, please have mercy on me,” Zahir stated to Shaukat Mukadam.

While concluding the  proceedings, the courtroom summoned the prosecution witnesses on October 20, issuing directives for the trial to be commenced instantly and accomplished inside two months.

The homicide

Noor Mukadam, a 27-year-old lady, was raped and murdered with a pointy instrument on July 20 throughout the limits of the ​Kohsar police station in Islamabad. A case of homicide was later registered on the similar police station by Noor’s father, former Pakistani ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam.

Zahir is the prime suspect in Noor Mukadam’s homicide case. The grisly homicide, during which Mukadam was beheaded, occurred on July 20 in Islamabad’s F-7 space.

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

The grotesque incident sparked a nationwide marketing campaign in search of justice for her, with #JusticeforNoor changing into a high development on Twitter.

Islamabad courtroom rejects bail pleas of Zahir Jaffer’s dad and mom

Earlier, the IHC had rejected the bail pleas of Zahir’s dad and mom — Zakir Jaffer and Ismat Adamjee — within the Noor’s homicide case.

The IHC additionally ordered the trial courtroom to finish the trial inside eight weeks. IHC’s Justice Aamer Farooq initially delivered a quick verdict. An in depth verdict was launched later.

Zakir and Ismat had filed bail petitions within the Noor Mukadam homicide case stating that that they had nothing to do with Noor’s homicide, whereas the police challan introduced in courtroom stated that if Zahir’s dad and mom had knowledgeable the police in time, Noor may have been saved.

What did the Islamabad High Court’s detailed verdict say?

In its detailed verdict, the IHC dominated that Zahir Jaffer’s dad and mom dedicated the crime of aiding and abetting Noor’s homicide.

The courtroom stated that Zahir’s dad and mom knew their son had taken Noor hostage and regardless of having this data, they didn’t share it with the police. The watchman had clearly acknowledged that he had knowledgeable Zakir Jaffer, the courtroom added.

The detailed judgment additionally refers back to the selections of the SC.

The SC has stated that aiding and abetting homicide is as severe a criminal offense as homicide, the IHC stated, including that aiding and abetting a criminal offense can be direct, for which there’s ample factual proof.

According to the Black’s Law Dictionary, not doing one’s responsibility can be aiding and abetting, the IHC verdict stated.

Zahir, the courtroom stated, had stated in his confessional assertion that he had knowledgeable his father about Noor. Whether Zahir’s assertion is suitable or not is to be determined by the trial courtroom, the IHC stated.

Zahir’s dad and mom problem IHC bail rejection in SC

The dad and mom of Zahir then approached the SC for bail.

The petition, filed within the apex courtroom by Advocate Khawaja Harris on behalf of Zahir’s dad and mom, asks whether or not not reporting the “incident” counts as aiding the crime.

The textual content of the petition acknowledged that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) wrongly reviewed Section 107 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The petition additional acknowledged that there isn’t any proof to recommend that Zahir’s dad and mom knew the intentions of their son and that their bail software can’t be dismissed on the premise of the assertion of a co-accused.

The petition stated {that a} full challan of the case has not but been introduced within the trial courtroom, whereas the excessive courtroom went past its jurisdiction by directing to finish the trial in two months.

The petition filed within the SC additional stated that delivering a verdict in two months goes in opposition to the rights of the suspects and the rules of a clear trial.

The police investigation within the Noor’s homicide case was one-sided and never neutral, the petition acknowledged additional. The defendants won’t be able to defend themselves correctly in jail, it argued, including that it is vitally troublesome for them to speak with their legal professionals in jail.