Zahir Jaffer sentenced to death in Noor Mukaddam case
Islamabad: District and session court Islamabad has sentenced Zahir Jaffer, the main accused in Noor Muqaddam murder case, to death.
Islamabad District and Sessions Court Judge Ata Rabbani, while delivering the verdict in the case, sentenced the main accused Zahir Jaffer to death.
The court sentenced co-accused Jamil and Iftikhar to 10 years imprisonment while acquitting all the accused in the therapy works.
District and Sessions Court acquitted Zahir Jaffer’s father Zakir Jaffer and mother Ismat Adam Ji.
In an Interview outside the Court room Noor Muqaddam’s father appreciated the efforts made by Civil Societies and Media. He also appreciated the decision of Court and said, “Now we are living in the era of justice, no one will be given ease after attempting crime”
The trial of the murder case continued for 4 months and 8 days during which the statements of witnesses were recorded, testimonies were recorded and after cross-examination the lawyers gave final arguments after which the court reserved its verdict on February 22.
The accused named in the case, Zahir Jaffer, was accused of killing Noor Muqaddam in his house on July 20, 2021. Police arrested Zahir Jaffar in a bloody shirt from his house in Sector F-7 Islamabad and also recovered a murder weapon.
The police investigation revealed that the main accused Zahir Jafar was in constant communication with his parents Zakir Jafar and Ismat Adam Ji before the incident.
According to the police, the parents contacted the therapy works instead of informing the police. When the therapy works team reached the spot, the accused Zahir Jafar allegedly stabbed and injured the employee of the therapy works, Amjad.
Police arrested Zahir Jaffer’s parents Zakir Jaffer and Ismat Adam Ji on July 25, five days after the murder, on charges of concealing evidence and aiding and abetting the crime.
CCTV footage of the incident also came to light in which Noor Muqadam was seen jumping from the first floor and trying to leave the house in an injured condition and Zahir Jafar was seen interfering. The footage also showed the employees of the accused who were at the same spot but no attempt was made to stop the accused or save Noor Muqaddam.
The formal trial of this case started on October 20, 2021 and consisted of 25 hearings. From the very first appearance, the accused was sometimes involved with the police and sometimes with the judge of the court and kept doing strange and bizarre activities in the court room. The police also tried to bring the accused to the court on a stretcher/wheelchair. The lawyer of the accused also applied for a medical examination which was rejected by the court. However, the medical team of the jail declared Zahir Jaffer physically and mentally fit.
After the cross-examination of 19 witnesses was completed, the accused were issued a questionnaire under section 342 of the Criminal Code in which Zahir Jaffer recanted his own confession. The victim was accused of organizing a drug party.
Plaintiff’s counsel Shah Khawar told the court that the solid evidence based on CDR, DVR, forensic and DNA in the Noor Muqaddam murder case has been verified by scientific technology.
Prosecutor Rana Hassan said that Zahir Jafar was arrested from the scene with a murder weapon, his shirt was bloody, the court should punish him severely to make it an ideal case.