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Noor Mukadam murder case: IHC to indict 12 accused on October 6

Meanwhile, court reserves verdict on bail pleas of accused's parents. (Source: File)

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday set October 6 for indicting prime accused, Zahir Jaffer, and 11 other accused in Noor Mukadam murder case.

Additional sessions judge Ata Rabbani heard the case wherein six accused, including the prime suspect, were produced before the court. The six other accused, who have been granted bail, also appeared before the court.

All the 12 accused were provided copies of the challan. Subsequently, the court summoned all accused on October 6 for a formal indictment in the case.

A total of 12 people will be indicted in the case, including Zahir Zakir Jaffer, his parents Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, three household staff Iftikhar, Jan Muhammad and Jameel and six Therapy Works employees including Tahir Zahoor, Amjad, Dilip Kumar, Abdul Haq, Wamiq and Samar Abbas.

While it was expected that the suspects will be indicted in today’s hearing, it is at the judge’s discretion to decide the time frame within which the trial takes place.

Meanwhile today (Thursday), Justice Amir Farooq of the Islamabad High Court reserved decision on the bail plea of accused Zahir’s parents, Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, after the completion of arguments.

While hearing the bail plea, Justice Amir Farooq inquired about the time of the murder. To this, counsel Shah Khawar replied that according to the CCTV footage, Noor jumped from the first floor of the house at 6:35pm, adding that the murder could have taken place from 7:15pm to 7:30pm.

He added that the prime suspect had constantly been in contact with his parents during the incident, proving their association with the crime. “It was an extremely brutal murder, so they should not be granted bail,” he maintained.

The counsel said that a citizen, Zubair, informed the police about the murder at 8:45pm. “At that time, the Therapy Works staff was at the scene while the injured personal servant had gone for his treatment,” he added,

He further stated that Zakir Jaffer told the organisation’s staff to reach the house at 7:07pm. “According to police, as per the CCTV footage, they reached the house at 8:06pm and entered the residence via the window at 8:45pm,” he claimed.

“Police further stated that the screen of Zahir Jaffer’s mobile phone was found to be broken while the password of the victim’s phone couldn’t be traced.” At this, Justice Farooq asked the counsel to hire a hacker from the market, and reserved the verdict.