By Our Staff Reporter
Islamabad: A district and sessions court in Islamabad on Monday granted another two-day extension in physical remand of Zahir Zakir Jaffer, the suspect in Noor Mukadam’s brutal murder case which has shocked the nation of 210 million people.
Noor, 27, daughter of former Pakistani diplomat Shaukat Mukadam, was found beheaded residence of suspect in Islamabad’s upscale Sector F-7/4 on July 20.
Islamabad police had registered first information report (FIR) the same day against Jaffer, who was arrested from the site of the murder, under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the victim’s father.
The suspect was produced before the court today upon the expiration of his latest two-day physical remand, which was secured after an initial three-day remand. His counsel Ansar Nawaz Mirza argued that the police had already had his client remanded for five days, saying a further remand was “unnecessary”.
Jaffer, the suspect, told the court that his life was under threat, adding that the US Embassy had not contacted him as yet.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Investigation Attaur Rehman, Jaffer also holds US nationality.
Meanwhile, case prosecutor Sajid Cheema told the court today that four other suspects including guard and servant had also been taken into custody during the investigation.
Earlier in the hearing, the suspect complained vociferously of being unable to hear the courtroom proceedings due to his distance from the judge. He was present at the far end of the courtroom at the time. Subsequently, the judge took notice and called him near the rostrum.
On July 24, in the case’s last hearing, the prosecutor had told the court that the murder weapon — a knife — along with a pistol and a knuckleduster were recovered from the accused.
Meanwhile, Islamabad Inspector General of Police Qazi Jamilur Rehman on July 23 had instructed the investigation team probing the brutal killing to seek the placement of the suspect’s name on the Exit Control List.
The Investigators are also seeking the suspect’s criminal record, if any, from the US and the UK.
Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid told journalists Today during a press conference in Islamabad that Jaffer’s name had been added to the “PNIL (Provisional National Identification List) and [travel] blacklist”.
“A summary will be sent to the Cabinet this week to place his name on the ECL. His father and servants have also been added [to the blacklist],” the minister said.
“No leeway will be given and [I wish] there was a system in this country under which corrupt people and murderers of women or any common man were quickly hanged,” he added.
Rashid explained that Jaffer’s name had been added to the PNIL and travel blacklist “so that he can’t escape from court”.