A judicial magistrate extended the remand of Zahir Jaffer, the prime suspect in the Noor Mukadam murder case, till August 30 on Monday.Police submitted a request before the judge, seeking permission to conduct the DNA tests of Jaffer’s two employees, Raheel and Iftikhar, who were brought before the court from Adiala Jail.
Six employees of Therapy Works, a counselling and psychotherapy centre in Islamabad, were also arrested by the police. They will be presented before an Islamabad court as police will seek an extension in their remand as well.
Jaffer was working as a psychotherapist at Therapy Works after doing a certification from the centre.
The six employees of Therapy Works have been accused of concealing evidence after meeting Zahir Jaffer’s father, Zakir Jaffer. They were named by the plaintiff in a supplementary statement submitted to the court.
Shortly after Noor Mukadam’s murder and the revelation that Zahir Jaffer was employed as a therapist there, Therapy Works had issued the following statement:
“Zahir Jaffer was enrolled as a student in UK Level 3 from September 2015 to September 2016. After this, he joined UK Level 4 from October 2016 to June 2018. He did not complete his coursework and International Essays, and accordingly was never ever given permission to see clients.”
However, a now-deleted post by Therapy Works on their Instagram page featured Zahir Jaffer, among the centre’s UK Level five candidates.