Noor murder case: Zahir Jaffer contacts US embassy
ISLAMABAD: Zahir Zakir Jaffer contacts the counselor of the US embassy on telephone from Adiala Jail.
After the approval of the Federal Ministry of Interior and the Punjab government, Zakir Jaffer, the main accused in the Noor Muqadam murder case, made the contact on Tuesday. He is locked in the high security barracks of Adiala Jail.
According to jail officials, accused Zahir Jaffer talked to the American counselor for 25 minutes. After the Interior Ministry’s no object certificate, the Punjab Home Department had approved providing Zakir Jaffer counselor access because of his being US citizen.
It may be recalled that the accused, involved in the murder of the daughter of the former ambassador, is a Pakistani-American citizen.
Earlier, new revelations came to light in the forensic report of Noor Muqaddam murder case after which six more people including the owner of the therapy center were arrested.
The forensic report in the Nurqadam murder case also revealed that the victim had been subjected to the worst forms of torture and rape before the murder. The accused and the victim were seen in the CCTV footage of the house while the fingerprints of the accused were also found on the knife used for the murder.
People are still wondering that why it is taking so long despite its being an open-and-shut case as Zahir Jaffer contacts the US embassy.
On Aug 10, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had said that all the suspects named in the Noor Mukadam murder case had been banned from leaving the country.
During a press conference, he had said that a cabinet sub-committee headed by Farogh Naseem had approved inclusion of all the accused in the murder case in the Exit Control List (ECL).
The interior minister had said that earlier the names of the main accused Zahir Jaffer and other accused were included in the blacklist but now they had also been placed on the ECL.
The suspects who had been placed on the ECL included Zahir Jaffer, his parents, as well as two domestic servants.
It should be noted that Noor Mukadam, daughter of former ambassador Shaukat Mukadam, was killed by Zahir Jaffer at his home in Islamabad on the evening of July 20. Police had arrested the main accused, Zahir Jaffar, at the crime scene, while his parents were arrested on July 25.
On Aug 5, the district and sessions court in Islamabad had dismissed the bail plea of parents of prime suspect in Noor Mukadam murder case, Zahir Zakir Jaffer.
Additional Sessions Judge Muhammed Suhail had announced the verdict which was reserved a day ago and dismissed the bail petition filed by Zakir Jaffer and his wife Ismat Adam Jee. They are accused of abetting Zahir Jaffer in murder of the daughter former Pakistani diplomat in the federal capital. They are in jail on judicial remand.