A sessions court in Islamabad on Tuesday finally reserved its verdict in the high-profile case pertaining to the murder of Noor Muqaddam after all sides concluded their arguments which will be announced on February 24, 2022.
According to the details, a local court in Islamabad has finally reached a decision in Noor Muqaddam’s murder case which is one of the most-closely watched trials in recent Pakistani history. Islamabad District and Sessions Court Judge Ata Rabbani heard the case during which the prosecution and lawyers of the accused have completed their arguments.
Plaintiff’s lawyer argued that Zahir Jaffar forcibly took Noor Muqaddam to the room as seen in the CCTV footage that was submitted by the prosecution in the court. In the footage, the prime suspect and accused Zahir Jaffer rushes towards the gate and grabs Noor Muqaddam, who pleads to let her go. Zahir Jaffer forcibly drags her inside the house, however, both were seen leaving the house in the taxi parked outside the house at 2:46 am.
According to the CCTV transcript submitted to the court, at 2:52 pm, Zahir Zakir and Noor Muqaddam were seen entering the house with their bags through the main gate as the watchman Iftikhar opens gate for them. At 2:41 am, she is seen running barefoot from the house to the gate in a state of extreme panic and fear, while the watchman Iftikhar is seen closing the gate when the victim comes out.
During the hearing, the main accused Zahir Jaffer was produced in the court room along with other accused.
Advocate Shah Khawar, the counsel representing Noor’s father, said in his arguments that there is solid evidence based on DVR, CDR, forensic and DNA in Noor Muqaddam murder case. “The court should grant maximum punishment to all the accused,” he prayed before the court.
Countering the prosecution’s arguments, Zahir’s counsel maintained that the prosecution has been claiming that every object has Zahir’s fingerprints, but it is still unable to state the reason for why his fingerprints weren’t found on the murder weapon. Why wasn’t Noor’s mother made part of the investigations, he questioned.
“Noor Muqaddam could have called anyone to inform [about her situation] by locking herself in a bathroom but she didn’t.”
The court, after hearing the arguments of all the parties, reserved the verdict which will be announced on February 24, 2022.
It is to be recalled that Noor, 27, daughter of former Pakistani ambassador Shaukat Muqaddam, a resident of F-7/4 in Islamabad, was tortured, and brutally murdered on July 20, 2021. An FIR was registered against Zahir Zakir Jaffer under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of the victim’s father under which the accused was arrested.
Zahir Jaffer has been arrested brutally murdering and beheading Noor Muqaddam. After this incident, outrage is being seen across Pakistan and #JusticeForNoor and #JusticeForNoorMukadam are trending on social media.
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