IHC upholds Zahir Jaffer’s death penalty
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday upheld the death sentence awarded to Zahir Jaffer within the Noor Mukadam homicide case via the trial courtroom and became his lifestyles imprisonment into capital punishment.
A two-member bench of the divisional bench, comprising Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, issued the decision which was once reserved December 21 on appeals filed towards the punishment awarded to the convicts and acquittal of co-accused for the brutal homicide of the 27-year-old lady.
The courtroom’s choice for the double death sentence got here following Jaffer’s crime for Noor’s rape and homicide. He previous won a 25-year imprisonment sentence with exhausting labour and a wonderful of Rs0.2 million after the rape was once confirmed.
The IHC reserved a verdict on December 21 remaining yr within the high-profile homicide case wherein the top accused, Jaffer, was once sentenced to death after a long-drawn-out trial of over 4 months.
The trial courtroom awarded a death sentence to Jaffer remaining February, whilst the 2 suspects Jan Muhammad and Muhammad Iftikhar — the gardener and safety guard at Jaffer’s area — have been awarded 10 years of imprisonment each and every.
Other suspects within the case together with Jaffer’s folks, Zakir Jaffer and Ismat Adamjee, in conjunction with all staff of Therapy Works have been acquitted via the courtroom.
The convict additionally won a 25-year imprisonment sentence with exhausting labour and a wonderful of Rs0.2 million. Jaffer was once additionally awarded a 10-year imprisonment sentence for the kidnapping and an extra one-year for preserving the sufferer in unlawful confinement.
Before booking its judgement within the case, the courtroom remarked the legal professionals of the events have been allowed to put up their further arguments at the pleas inside seven days.
The verdict was once reserved after listening to the arguments from events in separate pleas towards the death sentence passed out to Jaffer, and the acquittal of convicts and accused — filed via Noor’s father.
Twenty-seven-year-old Noor was once discovered lifeless on the place of abode of the top suspect, Jaffer, in Islamabad’s upscale Sector F-7/4 on July 20, 2021.
The ugly homicide despatched shockwaves around the nation and sparked national outrage and requires justice for Noor which resulted within the a hit trial and eventual conviction of her assassin.
After a primary data file (FIR) was once registered beneath Section 302 (premeditated homicide) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on behalf of Noor’s father — former Pakistani ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam — Zahir was once arrested with a homicide weapon and bloodstained garments from the crime scene at the day of the killing.
According to Noor’s father, Zahir killed Noor with a pointy software and severed her head.
As the police went deeper into investigations, Zahir’s folks have been discovered fascinated about concealing proof and aiding their son within the crime. Both Zahir’s parents have been arrested on July 25, 2021.
However, the couple was once later granted bail on separate events as they reached out to better courts for unencumber on bail.
Moreover, six staff of Therapy Works, a number one remedy and drug rehabilitation centre in Islamabad, have been additionally arrested.
The organisation got here beneath scrutiny after it was once printed that Zahir Jaffer, had himself been related to Therapy Works.
Moreover, Zahir was once despatched on judicial and bodily remands a couple of instances for interrogations earlier than the trial began.
The trial of the ugly homicide endured for 4 months and 8 days. The trial courtroom in the end reached a call within the high-profile case after a couple of twists and deferrals on February 24.