Noor Mukadam’s father demands capital punishment for Zahir Jaffer

ISLAMABAD: Shaukat Ali Mukadam, the father of Noor Mukadam, on Saturday requested the court to award a death sentence to Zahir Jaffer for killing his daughter.

He made the request while recording his statement in Islamabad’s session court in the murder case of his daughter.

Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani presided over today’s hearing during which Shaukat said that his daughter was unjustly killed.

“Zahir Jaffer should be given capital punishment,” he said.

He recalled the day’s events when Noor was killed, saying he and his wife had left on July 19 for some personal work and they found Noor was not in the home when they returned back.

He testified that he started searching for her daughter after Noor’s phone was turned off for long, adding that his daughter finally attend the call and said that she was going to Lahore with her friends for a few days.

On July 20, he said that Zahir called him in the afternoon and said that Noor was not with him. “I got a call from Kohsar police station informing that his daughter had been killed”.

He said that police took him to Zahir’s house where “I saw that Noor was brutally murdered and decapitated”.

The court adjourned the hearing till January 17 after it was informed that Zahir’s lawyer was suffering from Covid-19.

Noor, 27, was found murdered at a residence in Islamabad’s upscale Sector F-7/4 on July 20.

A first information report (FIR) was registered later the same day against Zahir, who was arrested from the site of the murder, under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the victim’s father.

Zahir’s parents and household staff were also arrested on July 24 over allegations of “hiding evidence and being complicit in the crime”. They were made a part of the investigation based on Shaukat’s statement, according to a police spokesperson.

In his complaint, Shaukat had stated that he had gone to Rawalpindi on July 19 to buy a goat for Eidul Azha, while his wife had gone out to pick up clothes from her tailor. When he had returned home in the evening, the couple found their daughter Noor absent from their house in Islamabad.

They had found her cellphone number switched off and started a search for her. Sometime later, Noor had called her parents to inform them that she was travelling to Lahore with some friends and would return in a day or two, according to the FIR.

The complainant said he had later received a call from the suspect, whose family were the ex-diplomat’s acquaintances. The suspect had informed Shaukat that Noor was not with him, the FIR said.

At around 10 pm on July 20, the victim’s father had received a call from Kohsar police station, informing him that Noor had been murdered.

Police had subsequently taken the complainant to Zahir’s house in Sector F-7/4 where he discovered that his “daughter has been brutally murdered with a sharp-edged weapon and beheaded”, according to the FIR.

Shaukat, who identified his daughter’s body, has sought the maximum punishment under the law against Zahir for allegedly murdering his daughter.

Police later said that Zahir had confessed to killing Noor while his DNA test and fingerprints also showed his involvement in the murder.

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