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Noor murder case: Court seeks replies on bail plea of Zahir Jaffer’s father

Noor Mukadam was found dead in Zahir Jaffer’s house in Islamabad on July 20. Source: Online/Twitter.

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued notices on a bail plea of main suspect Zahir Jaffer’s father Zakir Jaffer in the Noor Mukadam murder case.

A single bench comprising Justice Aamir Farooq directed the prosecution and other respondents to submit their replies to the bail petition by next hearing.

During the hearing, Zakir Jaffer told the court that he has appointed a new lawyer, Advocate Khawaja Haris, to fight his case. He submitted a new petition seeking bail. Zakir is currently being held in Adiala Jail.

Advocate Asad Jamal, who represented the petitioner, stated that his client has been arrested in the murder case, and termed the charges against him fictitious and unfounded.

He urged the court to grant post-arrest bail to Zakir. The case was adjourned until next week.

Last month rejected bail pleas of Zahir Jaffer’s parents in the murder case, claiming that they had no connection whatsoever with their son’s crime. Additional District And Sessions Judge Muhammad Sohail Anjum announced the verdict on the pleas by prime accused Jaffer’s parents.

Consequently, the court issued notice to Noor’s father Shaukat Mukadam. The police have been instructed to present the case record in court by the next hearing.

Zahir was an alcoholic

On Saturday, the owner of Therapy Works Dr Tahir Zahoor held a press conference against Zahir Jaffer in Islamabad. Police have nominated Therapy Works’s owner and employees as accomplices in the murder case along with Zahir Jaffer’s parents.

He said he has known Zahir’s parents for the last eight years. “Zahir Jaffer is not a lunatic, instead, he is a drunkard.”

Dr Zahoor narrated the events of the night Noor was murdered. “We were interested only in getting the boy out safely. We had no crime scene before us. It could be confirmed by the servants and the CCTV [footage]. He [Zahir Jaffer] was speaking completely normally before the police arrived. As soon as the police entered he started the drama,” Zahoor said.

Dr Zahoor and others have been released on bail. He claimed the police were carrying out a “one-sided” investigation and were not willing to listen to them.