Key suspect in Noor Mukadam murder case forcibly removed from court over foul language

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Zubair Qureshi

Zahir Jaffer, the key suspect in the Noor Mukadam murder case, was forcibly removed from the trial court in Islamabad by police on Wednesday after he disrupted proceedings and hurled obscenities at the judge.

In the court of Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani, all suspects in the case — Zahir, his 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 — were presented in the court.

Shortly after the hearing started, Zahir started saying aloud a name Hamza, directed at no one in particular.

When the judge asked police officials to remove Zahir from the courtroom due to his behaviour, he hid behind the door.

Zahir disrupted the proceedings again a few minutes later, demanding to be heard. “This is my court. I want to say something,” he said.

Everything of mine is at stake. Such an activity will be a sign of an unsuccessful state,” he claimed.

He also lashed out at the court and hurled obscenities at the judge. “This court is nothing but dirt. This court is dragging this because they have no power. I have never seen something more fake.

“I’m giving you guys an opportunity to hang me but still you guys are dragging it. This all is a puppet show. I have never seen more incompetent people in a room in my entire life,” he continued.

Following Zahir’s outburst, the judge directed police officials to take him away, terming it a “drama”. As the police moved to restrain him, Zahir grabbed Inspector Mustafa Kiani by the collar.

Three prosecution witnesses were cross-examined by the accused’s lawyers in Wednesday’s hearing which included map-maker Amir Shehzad, ASI Muhammad Riaz and Head Constable Firasat Fahim.

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