Noor Mukadam case: Islamabad police ‘clarification’ overshadows court proceedings

ISLAMABAD: During the Noor Mukadam murder case hearing on Wednesday, Additional Sessions Judge Atta Rabbani said that action would be taken against Islamabad Police if the capital’s law enforcement body issued a ”clarification” regarding evidence against prime accused Zahir Jaffer.

According to the details, the matter came to Justice Rabbani’s attention after Asmat’s (Zahir’s mother) lawyer Advocate Asad Jamal asked for the police clarification to be made part of the record.

The judge was unaware of any statement issued from the police, upon which Jamal alleged that the police was interfering with court proceedings.

The judge inquired if the tweet was an official clarification, upon which the prosecutor said he will inform the court if that was the case.

Upon this, the hearing was adjourned till February 2.

The tweet that Jamal was referring to was shared from the verified handle of the Islamabad Police on Tuesday. It stated that the media had misinterpreted Monday’s proceedings in which the investigation officer was cross-examined.

The Islamabad police tweeted a detailed report of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency which contained comprehensive evidence that they believe was sufficient for the conviction of the accused in the Noor Mukadam murder case.

During the hearing, lawyer Akram Qureshi, who is representing Therapy Works employees, cross-examined the Investigation Officer Abdul Sattar.

The IO narrated incidents of the night of the murder on July 20, 2021 and the recording of the incident. He wrote the death report and a report on various circumstances of the murder but the narration of incidents was different in both the reports, he told the court.

He added that he confiscated the laptop from the spot and not Muhammad Imran, who was in charge of the crime scene.

According to the report, ASI Zubair Mazhar, Constable Aqsa Rani and other household staff employed by Zahir arrived at the crime scene, where the complainant, victim’s father Shaukat Mukadam, gave his statement to the police, he said.

As the police received information of the murder, the investigation officer reached Kohsar police station where the first information report of the case had yet to be registered at that time. He did not register the FIR as the complainant, the IO said, adding he did not know that Raza Muhammad was the duty officer in the police station.

During the cross-examination, it was also argued who arrived at the crime scene first.

When asked whether it was ASI Basharat Rehman or the investigation officer, the IO said he arrived at the crime scene first and informed the court that he was not present at the spot at 9:30pm on July 20.

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