Physical remand of main accused in Noor Mukadam case extended
Policemen escorting Zahir Jaffer into the court.
A court in Islamabad on Saturday extended the physical remand for two days of Zahir Jaffer, who has been accused of murdering Noor Mukadam, daughter of a former Pakistani diplomat Noor Mukadam, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Zahir Jaffer was presented before the court amid tight security. Judicial Magistrate Shoaib Akhter conducted the hearing of the case.
During the proceedings, prosecutor Sajid Cheema informed the court that the police needed more time to go through each and every detail of the 40-hour CCTV footage obtained. The complainant's father, Shaukat Ali Mukadam, was present in the court along with his lawyer Shah Khawar. They were in favour of the extension in the physical remand.
Zahir Jaffer's lawyer, however, opposed the decision pointing out that the suspect's polygraph and other forensic tests were already conducted. It was decided in the previous hearing that there won't be any more extension in the remand, he said.
This is the fourth time Zahir Jaffer has been remanded into police custody.
The next hearing has been scheduled for August 2 (Monday).
Subordinate courts in Islamabad are going on summer vacation from August 1. It has, however, been decided that the Jaffer and his parents' case hearings will be held as per schedule.
Zahir Jaffer's parents, Zakir Jaffer and Ismat Adamjee, will go to court for the hearing of their bail plea on August 4.
Earlier, the Islamabad police decided not to release the CCTV footage from Zahir Jaffer’s house which reportedly showed Noor Mukadam trying to escape from the house she was held captive in before her murder.
Noor Mukadam was slaughtered at a house in F-7/4 on July 20. The police arrested Zahir Jaffer, from the crime scene. The crime has since gained national attention as the latest example of horrifying violence against women in Pakistan.