Bail pleas of parents of Noor Mukadam's murder accused rejected
Announcing the verdict which the court reserved on Wednesday after hearing arguments from both sides, an Additional District and Sessions Judge in Islamabad on Thursday threw out the post-bail applications of chief murder suspect’s parents.
Giving reasons for rejecting the bail pleas, Judge Sheikh Muhammad Sohail wrote in the five-page order that Zahir’s parents did not report the incident to the police. “They reported it to the rehabilitation centre instead,” the judge said, adding that not only Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee assisted in the commission of the crime but also tried to erase proofs of Noor Mukadam’s murder.
The judgement further reads that there are ample proofs on the record which are sufficient to satisfy the court that main suspect’s parents are linked to the commission of the crime. “And since there are serious allegations that Zakir and Asmat assisted their son in the murder of ex-envoy’s daughter, therefore, they could not be granted bail. Hence the court rejects their bail applications,” the judge wrote.
The verdict reads that Zahir’s father Zakir ‘deliberately’ concealed facts of the crime to assist his son. “He ‘deliberately did not intimate police about the incident which gave the main suspect plenty of time to commit the crime.”
Furthermore, the judge writes, even after Noor was murdered, facts were hushed up. “Zahir had brutally beaten up former Pakistan’s envoy daughter before killing her and eventually severing her head from her body. The record of calls between the main suspect and his father are enough to prove Zakir Jaffer’s complicity in the crime,” says the judgement.
According to the verdict, prosecution has managed to prove that Zakir was constantly in touch with his son Zahir throughout the period Noor was kicked, punched and then murdered before her head was chopped off.
Furthermore, there is nothing on record that could show that there was enmity between the suspects and the victim’s family.
Zahir’s father Zakir Jaffer and mother Asmat Adamjee were taken into custody following the arrest of their son for concealing the facts from the investigation team regarding the murder of Noor, daughter of former Pakistani diplomat Shaukat Mukadam.
During the course of arguments on Wednesday, their counsel tried to distance the parents from the son and his crime saying that both of them have sympathy for the victim’s family.
He said that Zahir’s parents have condemned the murder since the day first and expressed solidarity with the aggrieved family.
According to the lawyer, the police implicated parents of Zahir Jaffer on the basis of latter’s testimony recorded before the investigation officer under section 161 of the criminal procedure code. He insisted that his client did not know what was happening in his house.
The prosecutor, on the other hand, argued that the murder accused was in contact with his parents at the time of occurrence of the crime as he was interacting with the parents but they did not inform the local police and when the security guard apprised them about the situation, they called the therapy workers instead.
He further said the role of the parents was evident in the CCTV and Digital Video Recorder footage and Call Data Record and they visibly tried to save their son, Zahir.
He pointed out that the pistol recovered from the accused was registered in the name of his father Zakir Jaffer. He requested the court to dismiss the bail petition.
The defence counsel argued that it was not a crime to call the mother and this was a routine communication.
He argued that since there was no apprehension of absconding of Zahir’s parents, therefore, the court may accept the bail applications.
Zahir’s parents are currently at Adiala Jail on judicial remand.
Last week, the Jaffer family had issued a statement condemning the actions of the primary suspect in the case. “The Jaffer family extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Noor Mukadam. We pray her soul rests in eternal peace. We know that no amount of time will bring back the joy you have lost nor ease your pain.
“Our shock and grief at this horrific act has led to a prolonged silence that we very much regret. However, we categorically condemn this atrocity and forever denounce Zahir and his actions,” it had said.
Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani