Zahir Jaffer expelled from courtroom for abusing judge during Noor Mukadam case hearing


ISLAMABAD – Zahir Jaffer, the prime suspect in the Noor Mukadam murder case, was expelled from the courtroom after he tried to disrupt the proceedings by hurling abuses at the judge.

Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani was hearing the case when all suspects in the case — Zahir, his parents, Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, their three employees, Iftikhar, Jan Muhammad and Jameel, and six Therapy Works employees, identified as Tahir Zahoor, Amjad, Dilip Kumar, Abdul Haq, Wamiq and Samar Abbas — were produced in the court.

The judge was recording the statement of forensic sketch artist Amir Shahzad when Zahir started shouting a name, “Hamza”. “This is my court and I have to say something,” he spoke loudly, ignoring the decorum of the courtroom.

The prime suspect was given warning by the court but he later started hurling obscenities at the judge.

The court, then, directed the police to take him out of the room. When police official moved ahead to remove him from the court, Zahir held Inspector Mustafa Kiani by the collar.

Video footage of the incident showed policemen taking Zahir out of the courtroom forcefully. After the accused kept on resisting, four policemen carried Zahir out and took him back to the lockup.

Judge Rabbani said he would not issue a contempt notice to the suspect but would start conducting the hearing of the case in the jail.

On Oct 14, the court indicted twelve suspects, including Zahir Jaffer, the prime accused, in the Noor Mukadam murder case.

During the hearing, Zahir Jaffer apologised to Noor’s father Shaukat Mukadam, a former Pakistani diplomat.

The murder case came into light when Zahir was arrested from his house in F-7/4 on July 20, 2021 where he beheaded Noor Mukadam, daughter of former Pakistani diplomat Shaukat Ali Mukadam, after he held her hostage over the breakup.

On July 24, Police arrested Zahir’s parents and their servants over allegations of hiding evidence and being complicit in the crime.

They were made part of the investigation in the murder case based on former ambassador’s statement.

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