Verdict of Noor Mukadam murder trial will be announced Thursday
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Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani will pronounce the verdict day after tomorrow (Thursday, February 24, 2022).
Earlier, during the hearing, Prosecutor Rana Hassan told the district and sessions court that the postmortem as well as the forensic reports had established that Noor was murdered after she was brutally tortured. “Besides that, DVR clearly shows as who were the people who were involved in the incident,” he said, and prayed to the court to award an exemplary punishment to all the accused so that this could serve as a deterrent. “My lord! The entire nation is anxiously awaiting decision in the case. So please make it an example for others,” he implored.
Lawyers, representing parents of main accused Zahir Jaffer, on the other hand, requested the court to acquit their clients by giving them the benefit of the doubt since, what they claimed, no proof had been found that they were involved at any stage of the incident.
Asad Jamal, counsel for Zahir’s mother, said it had been mentioned in the charge-sheet that the main accused’s parents were in touch with their son. “This should be proved that both father and mother of Zahir had a prior knowledge of Noor’s murder,” he demanded.
Total witnesses recorded their statements in the trial of the case, which continued at the court for four months.
As many as 11 accused in the case are presently in jail, while Zahir’s mother is on bail.
Later talking to the media, Shaukat Mukadam, father of slain Noor Mukadam, said he was satisfied with probe into the case and that he was confident that the court would do justice to him. “There was lot of pressure on the police. But despite that, the Force performed its duties efficiently,” he added.
Noor was murdered by her boyfriend Zahir Jaffer in Islamabad on July 20, 2021 after the former reportedly refused to marry Zahir.
Reporter: Ihtesham Kiani