ISLAMABAD: Shaukat Ali Mukadam, the father of the slain Noor Mukadam, has said that he has a firm belief that the killer of his daughter will be given the death sentence and he is satisfied with the ongoing investigation.
In a recent interview to Geo News, Noor’s father said “I have the firm conviction that the murderer of my daughter, Zahir Zakir Jaffer, will be awarded the death sentence.”
He said that he remains optimistic about the speedy delivery of justice in the case, having a firm belief in the police and Pakistan’s judicial system.
Noor’s father further added that he was satisfied with the ongoing investigation, brushing aside all rumours and the impression that he was in a state of hopelessness when it comes the probe into his daughter’s murder.
“Reading words such as hopelessness gives the wrong impression to the public, implying not only that I’ve lost hope but that the police are not helping me. This is wrong. The police are doing their duty and the whole Pakistani nation is with me,” Mukadam said, resolutely.
He said that his daughter was very sweet and kind-hearted. Shaukat Muqaddam said that this is not a case where the accused escaped, the accused was caught and caught with a weapon.
Earlier, Noor Mukadam’s father Shaukat Ali Mukadam had approached the Islamabad High Court against the bail granted to Therapyworks CEO Tahir Zahoor and five others employees in the Noor Mukadam case.
Noor’s father in his application said that the additional sessions court “did not follow the principle laid down in the numerous judgments of Superior Courts with regard to entertaining and deciding the Post Arrest bail applications.”
The petition also said that the additional sessions judge overstepped in his verdict by making observations regarding the evaluation of evidence.
Shaukat Mukadam in his application said that the Therapyworks CEO and employees are misusing their bail and are threatening the petitioner of dire consequences.
According to the petition, two of Therapyworks employees lied about getting injured at Zahar Zakar’s house where Noor was murdered.
If the bail petition of the respondents is not cancelled, the petitioner shall suffer an irreparable loss, an application moved by Noor’s father read.
This comes as, Therapryworks owner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tahir Zahoor, along with five employees, were granted bail by a sessions court on Monday in their connection to the Noor Mukadam murder case.
The short order was announced by Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Ata Rabbani who reserved the decision earlier on Monday. Session Judge directed all six officials — Zahoor, Amjad, Dilip Kumar, Abdul Haq, Wamiq and Samar Abbas — to submit bail bonds of Rs5 million each.
A written copy of the order is expected to be issued today.
During the hearing, Zahoor’s lawyer, Barrister Qasim Nawaz, argued that the Therapyworks owner was arrested despite his name not being mentioned in the first information report of the case.
He said therapy-related work was his client’s profession and that he treated people.
On the other hand, Shah Khawar, the counsel for Noor’s family, argued that Therapyworks employees had broken the doors to enter the house of the primary suspect Zahir.
“Zahir Jaffer killed Noor and then informed his parents,” the counsel said. “They called the Therapyworks centre to go [to their home] and check on their son.”
However, Barrister Nawaz contended that the “allegations” levelled against his client were false, adding that the sections included in the FIR against Therapyworks employees were “bailable offences”.
Shahzad Qureshi, the counsel for the other five Therapyworks officials, said that his clients had always appeared before the police when called.
“[Therapyworks owner] Tahir Zahoor is a heart patient, his kidneys are affected and he has high blood pressure issues,” Barrister Nawaz further argued as he submitted his client’s medical history to the court.
He said the personnel sent by Therapyworks had “arrested” Zahir and did so despite being injured by the primary suspect.
Amjad’s medical history was also submitted to the court.
Qureshi informed the court that Amjad had been injured when Zahir attacked him with a knife. “The five people went to the scene [of the murder]. How did Amjad get injured if they were hiding the evidence?”
“Zahir attacked Amjad and critically injured him. [They themselves] called the police. They were turned into suspects 18 days after the incident,” he further stated.
For his part, the counsel for Noor’s family opposed the bail plea, arguing that the investigation was ongoing, call records were being collected and CCTV footage was “important evidence”.
Later on, the court granted bail to Therapyworks CEO, 5 employees in the Noor Mukadam case.
Earlier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Therapy Works Dr Tahir Zahoor Ahmad was arrested in the Noor Mukadam case.
According to the details, Islamabad police have arrested six people including owners and staffers at a psychiatric rehabilitation centre for their alleged role in facilitating Zahir Jaffar, the prime suspect in the murder of Noor Mukadam.
“They allegedly concealed evidence in Noor Mukadam murder with the support of Zahir Jaffer’s parents,” police said adding that they would be presented before the court for a physical remand.
Zahir Jaffer, the murder accused was reportedly practising as a psychotherapist after enrolling in a certification course from Therapy Works.
A statement from the organisation claimed that Jaffer did not complete his Level 4 training and “was never ever permitted to see clients.”
Noor was allegedly murdered and beheaded by Zahir Jaffer, a scion of a wealthy family in the F-7/4 Sector of Islamabad on the night of Chand Raat.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he has been following Noor Mukadam’s case since day one and has been briefed about each and every development of the case.
“This is a very frightening case, and what has come forth is that this tragedy happened in front of the staff, the guards, the servants over two days,” the premier said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that it would be ensured that regardless of how influential the Jaffer family is and despite the fact that Zahir Jaffer was a dual American Pakistani citizen, justice would be seen to be done in this case.
“I want to tell you that no one will be spared in Noor Mukadam’s case,” Prime Minister Imran Khan unequivocally said.
“We think of Noor like our own daughter, everybody has been sorrowful after this incident,” Imran Khan said.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced that Zahir Jaffer and his parents’ names have been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).
Rashid said that the decision to place the suspects on the ECL was taken during a meeting that was held on the last day.