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Noor Mukadam murder case: Court grants bail to Zahir Jaffer’s mother

Noor Mukadam murder case: Court grants bail to Zahir Jaffer's mother

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court had rejected the bail application of the accused’s parents and directed the trial court to complete the trial in two months.

PESHAWAR: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday ordered the release Ismat adamjee, mother of the accused Zahir Jaffer in Noor Mukadam murder case on bail but rejected the bail application of the accused’s father.

On Monday, a three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the bail pleas and granted bail to Jaffer’s mother and directed her to submit a bond of Rs1 million. The court also dismissed the petitioner’s plea seeking annulment of the high court order to hold the trial within eight weeks and directed the trial court to complete the trial within the stipulated time.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court had rejected the bail application of the accused’s parents and directed the trial court to complete the trial in two months.

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The court, while delivering the judgment, said that Ismat Adam Ji is accused of not informing the police after her son killed Noor Mukadam inside their home. Her lawyers said that she was in Karachi with her husband, thus, she has not role in the crime and should be released immediately. Giving arguments during the hearing, Khawaja Harris, counsel for the petitioner, said the petitioners’ call record data with their son is available but there is no transcript and other record of telephone call available.”

Noor Mukadam murder case

Khawaja Harris, the counsel for the accused, also raised the point that “no test has been conducted on the mental condition of accused.” Justice Mansoor Ali Shah inquired whether there is any drug related issue. On this Shaukat Mukadam’s lawyer Shah Khawar said that “tests were conducted on the accused that proved that he has not used any drugs at time of committing the crime”.

Giving arguments in favour of releasing the accused on bail, lawyer Khawaja Harris said that the accused’s father Zakir Jaffer himself went to the police station on July 21 and handed over the license of weapon and he did not made any efforts to destroy any evidence. On this, Shah Khawar said that Zakir Jaffer came to Islamabad from Karachi on July 21 and went to the police station on July 22.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah remarked that “the parents called the therapy workers and asked them to visit reach their home. It means that everything was not right and the parents were aware of the matter.” Khawaja Harris, counsel for the accused argued that forensic reports had not been received so far and the order to complete the trial in two months could affect the right to a fair trial.  

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