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Islamabad court to announce verdict in Noor Mukadam murder today


A local court in Islamabad is due to announce the verdict in the Noor Mukadam case today at 1:30 pm. It had been reserved after the completion of arguments by the prosecution and defence earlier this week.

Following multiple twists and deferrals, the trial court had finally reached a decision in the high-profile case after the counsel representing Noor’s father completed his arguments at Tuesday’s hearing.
The trial of the gruesome murder continued for four months and eight days.
27-year-old Noor was dead at the residence of prime suspect, Zahir Jaffer, in Islamabad’s upscale Sector F-7/4 on July 20, 2021.
After an first information report (FIR) was registered under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on behalf of Noor’s father, Zahir was arrested with murder weapon and bloodstained clothes from the crime scene on the day of the killing.
According to Noor’s father, former Pakistani ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam, Zahir killed Noor with a sharp instrument and severed her head.
As the police went deeper into investigations, Zahir’s parents were found involved in concealing evidence and assisting their son in the crime. Both Zahir’s mother and father were arrested on July 25, 2021.
The trial officially kicked off on October 20, 2021, when Zahir, was formally charged for the crime by an Islamabad court. Besides him, two of the family’s employees — Jamil and Jan Mohammad — were also indicted, along with Zahoor.
The trial comprised of 25 hearings in total, while Zahir tried to prove himself a mentally ill throughout the trial.
However, the trial court declared him physically and mentally fit.
 

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