The verdict in the Noor Muqaddam murder case has been announced, the court has sentenced Zahir Jaffer, the main accused in the Noor Muqaddam murder case, to death. Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani issued the sentence to the main accused Zahir Jaffer.
According to Baaghi TV reports, a large number of people were present at the time of the verdict including former Ambassador Shaukat Muqaddam – father of the victim, lawyers, and media representatives. Strict security arrangements were made for the occasion with a heavy contingent of police deployed outside the court. The main accused Zahir Jaffer was also presented in court at the time the verdict was passed.
Prior to the verdict, speaking to media personnel, Noor Muqaddam’s father said that he is hopeful justice would be served. He stated that he hoped the rule of law would prevail, we have demanded maximum punishment for the accused. I have full faith in my daughter, she was a good girl and she didn’t do anything wrong. CCTV footage also proved that Noor Muqaddam was held, hostage. Shaukat Muaqaddam added, “We trust the court, we hope justice will be done. Everyone who has wronged, will be punished”.
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Earlier, in a hearing of Noor Muqaddam’s murder case in District and Sessions Court Islamabad, lawyers reached the court. Therapy Works employees also appeared in court following the court order for their attendance. The staff informed the lawyers and employees of Therapy Works of the time for the verdict. Four accused, including the main accused Zahir Zakir Jaffer, were produced in the court of Additional Sessions Judge, Ata Rabbani.
According to reports, Judge Ata Rabbani ordered that everyone leave the courtroom stating, “I have to talk to the accused. All the people should get out of the courtroom”.
Two days ago, the court reserved judgment on the completion of the arguments. A speedy trial of Noor murder case continued for 4 months and 8 days. The statements of 19 witnesses were recorded in the case. Noor Muqaddam was killed on July 20, 2021, in Sector F-7, Islamabad. In the Noor Muqaddam murder case, the plaintiff’s lawyers Shah Khawar, Nisar Asghar, and Babar Hayat Samoor completed their arguments. The accused were asked to be punished severely.
The main accused in the Noor Muqaddam murder case including 12 others, were indicted. Accused Zahir Jaffer, Zakir Jaffer, Ismat Adam, Iftikhar, Jamil, Jan Mohammad were indicted. Six other accused, including Tahir Zahoor of Therapy Work, were also indicted. Accused Zahir Jaffer, his parents, and other accused are reportedly in Adiala Jail. Zahir Jaffar’s parents are charged with aiding and abetting in the Noor Muqaddam murder case.
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In the Noor Muqaddam murder case, accused Zahir Jaffer performed ‘dramatics’ on the occasions of his court appearance, sometimes he was brought in by the police, sometimes he was brought in on a wheelchair, other times he was brought on a stretcher. In view of these dramatics, Zahir Jaffer’s lawyer applied for a medical check-up of the accused, which was rejected by the court. It is pertinent to note that the main accused Zahir Jaffer had told the court in his statement that he did not kill Noor, although the police investigation and evidence proved that he had killed 27-year-old Noor Muqaddam.
It is pertinent to note that former Ambassador Shaukat Ali Muqaddam’s daughter was killed last year. Shaukat Muqaddam’s, 27-year-old daughter who was killed in the jurisdiction of Kohsar police station Islamabad, while giving a statement regarding the murder said he had received a call from Kohsar police station that his daughter had been killed. He added that when “I arrived at the scene, my daughter’s throat was slit”.
According to Baaghi TV reports, a case of murder of Noor Muqaddam has been registered in Kohsar police station. Police say a case has been registered under Section 302 of the IPC on the complaint of the girl’s father Shaukat Ali Muqaddam.
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