Zahir Jaffer’s remand extended until Monday


New evidences surface after police go through 40-hour long CCTV footage

Zubair Qureshi

A judicial magistrate of Islamabad has extended the physical remand of Zahir Jaffer, the main accused in murdering and beheading of 27-year-old Noor Mukadam, daughter of Shaukat Ali Mukadam the former Pakistani diplomat to South Korea.

Jaffer was presented before the court amid high security on Saturday. Judicial Magistrate Shoaib Akhter presided over the hearing of the case.

During the hearing, Prosecutor Sajid Cheema told the court that after going through the 40-hour long CCTV footage, some new facts and evidence have surfaced for which the police needed to investigate the accused further and therefore he requested the court to extend the physical remand of the accused.

Jaffer’s counsel, on the other hand, opposed the prosecutor’s stance pointing out that the suspect’s polygraph test and other forensic examinations had already been conducted.

It was decided in the previous hearing that there won’t be another extension in his physical remand, he pleaded adding it was the fourth time Jaffer has been remanded into police custody.

However, the court setting aside his argument granted physical remand of the accused until Monday (tomorrow) August 2.

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 where she was held captive.

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