Noor Mukadam murder case: Zahir Jaffer’s parents challenge IHC bail rejection in Supreme Court

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Noor Mukadam murder case: Zahir Jaffer's parents challenge IHC bail rejection in Supreme Court
Noor Mukadam murder case: Zahir Jaffer's parents challenge IHC bail rejection in Supreme Court
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The parents of Zahir Jaffer, the prime suspect in the Noor Mukadam murder case, have approached the Supreme Court for bail, Geo News reported Wednesday, Geo reports.

The petition, filed in the apex court by Advocate Khawaja Harris on behalf of Zahir’s parents Zakir Jaffer and Ismat Adamjee, asks whether not reporting the “incident” counts as aiding the crime.

The text of the petition stated that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) wrongly reviewed Section 107 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The petition further stated that there is no evidence to suggest that Zahir’s parents knew the intentions of their son and that their bail application cannot be dismissed on the basis of the statement of a co-accused.

The petition said that a complete challan of the case has not yet been presented in the trial court, while the high court went beyond its jurisdiction by directing to complete the trial in two months.

The petition filed in the SC further said that delivering a verdict in two months goes against the rights of the suspects and the principles of a transparent trial.

The police investigation [in the Noor Mukadam murder case] was one-sided and not impartial. The defendants will not be able to defend themselves properly in prison, it was argued in the petition, adding that it is very difficult for them to communicate with their lawyers in prison too.

Noor Mukadam, a 27-year-old woman, was raped and murdered with a sharp instrument on July 20 within the limits of the ​Kohsar police station in Islamabad. A case of murder was later registered at the same police station by Noor’s father, former Pakistani ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam.

Zahir Jaffer is the prime suspect in Noor Mukadam’s murder case. The grisly murder, in which Mukadam was beheaded, took place on July 20 in Islamabad’s F-7 area.

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