Zahir Jaffer (carrying a gray shirt), his father Zakir Jaffer (centre) arrive to attend an IHC listening to in Islamabad on September 23, 2021. — On-line/File

The Islamabad Excessive Courtroom on Thursday formally charged Zahir Jaffer — the prime suspect in Noor Mukadam’s homicide case — and 11 others for the prison offence.

Two of the accused household’s staff — Jamil and Jan Mohammad —and Remedy Works Chief Government Officer Tahir Zahoor had been among the many 11 others indicted.

Six out of the 12 people indicted by Extra Classes Courtroom Decide Atta Rabbani had been dropped at the court docket from Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi, whereas the six others had beforehand acquired bail from the court docket. All these indicted pleaded not responsible to the fees.

Through the listening to, the lawyer of Zahir’s dad and mom, Advocate Rizwan Abbasi, stated that the proof produced within the court docket had nothing to do with Zakir Jaffer, due to this fact, he couldn’t be indicted within the homicide case.

In response, the lawyer for Shaukar Mukadam, Noor Mukadam’s father, stated the proof may be reviewed through the trial.

“The accused is being charged, however has not been sentenced but,” the lawyer stated.

Through the court docket’s proceedings, Zahir continued to interject remarks and stated that the workers of Remedy Works had pressured their approach into the home.

Zahir additionally apologised to Shaukat Mukadam within the courtroom and begged him for forgiveness.

“My life is in peril, please have mercy on me,” Zahir stated to Shaukat Mukadam.

Whereas concluding the  proceedings, the court docket summoned the prosecution witnesses on October 20, issuing directives for the trial to be commenced instantly and accomplished inside two months.

The homicide

Noor Mukadam, a 27-year-old girl, was raped and murdered with a pointy instrument on July 20 throughout the limits of the ​Kohsar police station in Islamabad. A case of homicide was later registered on the similar police station by Noor’s father, former Pakistani ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam.

Zahir is the prime suspect in Noor Mukadam’s homicide case. The grisly homicide, through which Mukadam was beheaded, occurred on July 20 in Islamabad’s F-7 space.

The Islamabad police had arrested suspect Zahir on the evening of July 20 from his home the place, in keeping with Noor’s dad and mom, he killed her with a pointy instrument and severed her head.

The grotesque incident sparked a nationwide marketing campaign looking for justice for her, with #JusticeforNoor changing into a prime pattern on Twitter.

Islamabad court docket rejects bail pleas of Zahir Jaffer’s dad and mom

Earlier, the IHC had rejected the bail pleas of Zahir’s dad and mom — Zakir Jaffer and Ismat Adamjee — within the Noor’s homicide case.

The IHC additionally ordered the trial court docket to finish the trial inside eight weeks. IHC’s Justice Aamer Farooq initially delivered a quick verdict. An in depth verdict was launched later.

Zakir and Ismat had filed bail petitions within the Noor Mukadam homicide case stating that they’d nothing to do with Noor’s homicide, whereas the police challan introduced in court docket stated that if Zahir’s dad and mom had knowledgeable the police in time, Noor may have been saved.

What did the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom’s detailed verdict say?

In its detailed verdict, the IHC dominated that Zahir Jaffer’s dad and mom dedicated the crime of aiding and abetting Noor’s homicide.

The court docket stated that Zahir’s dad and mom knew their son had taken Noor hostage and regardless of having this info, they didn’t share it with the police. The watchman had clearly acknowledged that he had knowledgeable Zakir Jaffer, the court docket added.

The detailed judgment additionally refers back to the selections of the SC.

The SC has stated that aiding and abetting homicide is as critical a criminal offense as homicide, the IHC stated, including that aiding and abetting a criminal offense may also be direct, for which there’s adequate factual proof.

In response to the Black’s Regulation Dictionary, not doing one’s obligation can be aiding and abetting, the IHC verdict stated.

Zahir, the court docket stated, had stated in his confessional assertion that he had knowledgeable his father about Noor. Whether or not Zahir’s assertion is appropriate or not is to be determined by the trial court docket, the IHC stated.

Zahir’s dad and mom problem IHC bail rejection in SC

The dad and mom of Zahir then approached the SC for bail.

The petition, filed within the apex court docket by Advocate Khawaja Harris on behalf of Zahir’s dad and mom, asks whether or not not reporting the “incident” counts as aiding the crime.

The textual content of the petition acknowledged that the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC) wrongly reviewed Part 107 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The petition additional acknowledged that there isn’t any proof to counsel that Zahir’s dad and mom knew the intentions of their son and that their bail utility can’t be dismissed on the premise of the assertion of a co-accused.

The petition stated {that a} full challan of the case has not but been introduced within the trial court docket, whereas the excessive court docket went past its jurisdiction by directing to finish the trial in two months.

The petition filed within the SC additional stated that delivering a verdict in two months goes towards the rights of the suspects and the ideas of a clear trial.

The police investigation within the Noor’s homicide case was one-sided and never neutral, the petition acknowledged additional. The defendants will be unable to defend themselves correctly in jail, it argued, including that it is rather tough for them to speak with their attorneys in jail.

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