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Noor Mukadam murder case: Zahir Jaffer gets access to US Consulate

ISLAMABAD: Zahir Jaffer, the main accused in the Noor Mukadam murder case, was granted access to the US Consulate from the Adiala Jail on Tuesday.

According to the jail superintendent, Zahir had a 25-minute long phone call with the officials.

During the call, Zahir discussed details pertaining to the case.

Jail officials told Urdu News, “During the conversation, Zahir Jaffar complained to the US authorities that he was not being provided the same facilities as other prisoners in the jail.”

The accused also sought legal assistance from US authorities in his case.

On Friday, the embassy of the United States of America (USA) in Islamabad has approached the Ministry of Interior demanding consular access for Zahir Zakir Jaffer, the main accused in the Noor Mukadam murder case, detained in Adiala Jail.

A formal written request was moved by the officials of the US embassy to the Ministry of Interior seeking counsellor access to its citizen-facing murder charges.

They said if granted, it would be the second consular access to US national Zahir Zakir Jaffer. 

Meanwhile, Spokesperson US Embassy Islamabad, Heather Eaton said, “We have requested normal consular access to a detained American citizen.”

It may be recalled that on Monday, the District and Sessions Court of Islamabad had extended the judicial remand of Zahir Jaffer, the main accused in the Noor Muqadam murder case, till September 6.

Earlier, a bench of the Islamabad High Court seeks a reply of the Therapy Works owner and five other accused in the Noor Mukadam murder case over a plea seeking cancellation of their bails.

Therapy Works CEO

According to details, Justice Aamir Farooque of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) wrote the court order for hearing the petition seeking cancellation of bails of six co-accused in the grisly murder incident.

Previously, 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 Mukadam

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.

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.

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