Published On: Tue, Oct 12th, 2021
Published in Category: Islamabad

Noor Mukadam murder case: SC orders prosecution to give evidence against Zahir Jaffer’s mother Ismat Jaffer at next hearing

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ISLAMABAD : The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the prosecution to present its evidence against Ismat Adamjee, the mother of Zahir Jaffer, the prime suspect in The Noor Mukadam murder case, at the next hearing scheduled for October 18.

Three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed was hearing the bail pleas of the parents of Zakir Jaffer and his wife Ismat Adamjee, which the couple had filed separately in the SC after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had earlier rejected their bail pleas.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah asked where mention of Ismat Jaffer had been made in the order by the IHC.

Ismat Jaffer has not even been mentioned by the IHC in its order [denying the couple bail], Justice Umar Ata Bandial said. We are just trying to understand the case, Justice Bandial explained.

Zakir and Ismat’s counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed argued that the murder case had been registered against Zahir Jaffer and that his parents were in Karachi at the time of the murder.

Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed later stated that the Noor Mukadam murder case is very sad and extended his sympathies with the family of the victim.

He, too, said that the court was seeking information only to understand the facts of the case.

Justice Bandial said that he found out during the recess that there had been a death in his family and that he immediately had to leave for Lahore.

The apex court then ordered the prosecution to present its evidence against Ismat Zakir at the next hearing. Haris, however, responded that the forensic reports had not been received yet.

The right to a fair trial is mandatory but delay in disposing a case adds to anxiety, Justice Bandial said, explaining that the purpose of a speedy trial is to give immediate relief to the innocent people named in the case. All forensic reports have been received except for the reports on six mobile phones, the advocate-general said. The hearing was adjourned till October 18.