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SC seeks evidence against Zahir Jaffer’s mother in Noor Mukadam case

ourt observes Asmat Zakir's name not mentioned in IHC verdict. (Source: Dawn)

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday asked Advocate General of Pakistan (AGP) to submit evidence against Asmat Adamjee, the mother of Zahir Jaffer, who is the prime suspect in the Noor Mukadam murder case.

The court’s remarks came while hearing the bail petition Zahir Jaffer’s parents. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Amin conducted the proceedings.

During the hearing, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah inquired about the mention of Asmat Adamjee name in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict. Justice Bandial then observed that there was no mention of her name in the decision.

The petitioner’s lawyer, Khawaja Haris, told the court that the accused in the case was Zahir Jaffer, adding that his parents were in Karachi at the time of the murder. He added that the IHC order to complete the trial in two months will affect the right to a fair trial.

The court, however, observed that while the right to a fair trial was a must, “but the delay in handling the case only adds to anxiety”. Advocate General Islamabad informed the apex court that all forensic reports except those of the mobile phones used in the incident had been received.

Initially, the hearing was adjourned for a while; however, it was later adjourned till next Monday due to a demise in Justice Bandial’s family. Last week, a sessions court in Islamabad fixed Oct 14 for the indictment of suspects in the case.

A total of 12 people will be indicted in the case, including Zahir Zakir Jaffer, his parents, their 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.

The court had last month set Oct 6 for framing charges in the case, but deferred it after the suspects filed fresh petitions, seeking certain documents along with the copy of the challan.