Court grants judicial remand of Zahir Jaffer till 30th

-Rape before murder of Noor confirmed | Noor Muqaddam’s father satisfied with probe

By Uzma Zafar

ISLAMABAD: A local court extended judicial remand of Zahir Jaffer, prime accused in Noor Mukadam murder case on Monday.
The plea with regard to the court order about accused Zahir Jaffer was produced to the duty judge in the judicial magistrate’s court at Islamabad district and sessions court. The court extended judicial remand of the accused till August 30.
Accused Zahir Jaffer was kept at the lock-up and not produced before the court. He will be shifted to Adiala Jail from the lock-up. Six co-accused in the case will be produced before the court later. The court had yesterday granted one day’s physical remand of the accused. Police had arrested six people including owner and staffers at a psychiatric rehabilitation center for their alleged role in facilitating Zahir Jaffar, the prime suspect in the murder of Noor Mukadam.
“They allegedly concealed evidence in Noor Mukadam murder with the support of Tahir Jaffer’s parents,” police sources said. On July 20, in a grisly murder incident, Noor, daughter of a former ambassador, had been put to death allegedly by her friend Zahir, in the vicinity of Islamabad’s Kohsar police station.
A forensic report on Wednesday revealed that Noor Mukadam was raped by Zahir
Jaffar before being brutally killed. The rape was confirmed in the forensic report as the DNA of Zahir Jaffar, matched with deceased Noor, daughter of former Pakistan envoy to South Korea.
Furthermore, the fingers prints found on the knife used to murder Noor have also matched with Jaffar’s fingerprints. The forensic report has also confirmed that the man and woman seen in the CCTV footage are Zahir Jaffar and Noor Mukadam.
Shaukat Muqaddam, Pakistan’s ex-envoy and father of Noor Muqaddam, who was slain by her boyfriend Zahir Jaffar last month, said on Monday he was satisfied with the progress made in his daughter’s murder case so far.
In an informal chat with journalists at District and Sessions Court in Islamabad, he said what’s the use of matching the fingerprints or finding the weapon used in the murder when the suspect had himself confessed to having committed the crime.
Later, the court while extending the judicial remand of Zahir Jaffar and six Therapy Works staffers for another 14 days, directed the police to produce them in the court on August 30.
Earlier, Zahir was brought to the ‘Bukhshi Khana’ rather than to the court. And from there he was taken straight back to the Adiala Jail. Meanwhile, District and Sessions Court accepted the application filed for conducting the DNA test of two servants of Zahir, namely Iftikhar and Jameel.