Noor Mukadam murder case: SC grants bail to Zahir Jaffer's mother

Noor Mukadam murder case: SC grants bail to Zahir Jaffer's mother

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday accepted bail plea of Asmat Adamjee, the mother of Zahir Jaffar, who is a key suspect in Noor Mukadam murder case.

According to details, a three-member bench of the SC, comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin, was hearing the bail pleas of Zahir’s parents, Zakir Jafer and Asmat Adamjee.

The apex court said the prime suspect's mother was not at the scene of the crime when it took place.

However, the court rejected the bail plea of the prime suspect's father, Zakir Jaffer.

The SC ordered Asmat Adamjee to submit bail bonds worth Rs1 million.

In the last hearing on Oct 11, the SC had directed the prosecution to submit evidence against Adamjee.

Meanwhile, the court turned down the petitioner's request to strike down the Islamabad High Court's (IHC) order of September 29 in which it had rejected the bail pleas of Zahir's parents. "We will not interfere in the high court's orders," the apex court said.

On Oct 6, Zahir's parents had filed separate petitions for bail in the SC, nearly a week after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had rejected their bail pleas and ordered authorities to keep them in detention until the completion of the trial.

On October 14, a district and sessions court in Islamabad indicted at least 12 persons, including prime accused Zahir Jaffer, for their alleged involvement in the murder of Noor Mukadam.

Besides Zahir, the court framed charges against Zahir’s parents, Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, their three household staff, Iftikhar, Jan Muhammad and Jameel, and six Therapy Works employees, identified as Tahir Zahoor, Amjad, Dilip Kumar, Abdul Haq, Wamiq and Samar Abbas.

After Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani indicted the accused, all of them pleaded not guilty to the charges. The court also summoned the prosecution’s witnesses on October 20 to start the trial.

Earlier, challan (investigation report) of Islamabad police submitted before the trial court claimed that murder of the daughter of a former diplomat could have been avoided if Zakir Jaffer, father of prime suspect Zahir Jaffer had reported the crime to police in time.

According to the report, Zahir Jaffer had confessed to killing Noor and a DNA report confirmed she was raped. Zahir Jaffer also gave a statement about beheaded Noor, the challan read.

The report added that Zahir said that when Noor refused to marry him, he forcibly locked her up in a room. He told his guard to not let anyone in and not let her out. He hid her mobile phone in another room, which was retrieved by the police from a closet in his house on his identification.

Police further stated that Zakir Jaffer helped his son after the murder by saying that he “need not panic as he was sending men to dispose of the body and get him out of there”.

The interim charge sheet also stated that evidence had been gathered against 12 suspects in the case and that Noor had been subjected to sexual assault before her murder, according to a DNA report.

Noor Mukadam, daughter of a former Pakistani diplomat, was found brutally murdered in a posh neighbourhood of the federal capital on July 20. Subsequently, the police charged Zahir Jaffer, a US national, with murder.