Officials probing the murder of Noor Mukadam seek criminal records of Zahir Jaffer from the United States and the United Kingdom. They said the accused – a dual national of the US and Pakistan – was denying he murdered the girl.
SSP Investigation Attaur Rehman told Dawn the interior ministry is being requested to place Zahir’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL).
Noor had called her parents on Tuesday to informs them she was traveling to Lahore. However, she was in Islamabad all the time, in the house of the accused. “The police have recovered a pistol and a knife from the crime scene,” he added.
Rehman said her friends reached the house, but he refused to let them enter. “Zahir remained on the balcony, brandishing weapons and hurling abuses at them.”
Sensing the seriousness of the situation, one of the friends informed the girl’s father. Meanwhile, another informed the Kohsar police.
In the meantime, staff of Therapyworks reached the scene and broke into the house. They found the beheaded body of the girl in the first story of the house. They overpowered Zahir and tied him up before the police arrived.
What her friends saw?
Meanwhile, talking to Dawn on condition of anonymity, Noor’s friends and police officers said her friends started searching for her after the family lost contact with her.
“However, when Noor sent a message to one of her friends that she had been detained in (Zahir’s) house, five of them reached there in the evening,” they said. They found the house locked while Zahir was on the balcony holding weapons.
“He waved weapons at them and used foul language, after which one of the friends left for a nearby police station to seek their help in rescuing the girl,” they said.
“Fathers of both the girl and the accused were also informed about the dire situation,” they added.
“They reached a bedroom on the first floor where they found the beheaded body in a pool of blood,” the police said.
On seeing Therapyworks staffers, Zahir attacked them with a sharp object, injuring one of them. However, he was overpowered, tied with ropes, and handed over to the police, Noor’s friends and police officials narrated.
Noor’s friends & police officials narrate details
The body was shifted to the hospital while the accused was taken to the police station. “It seems to be a planned murder as the accused was scheduled to leave for the US on Wednesday,” Noor’s friends said.
Meanwhile, Kohsar police registered an FIR on the complaint of Noor’s father and former ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam. According to it, the complainant and his wife had been away separately for errands.
Moreover, the autopsy report revealed the girl died after the oxygen supply to her brain was disconnected. She had been stabbed on her right temple and chest while the headless body bore torture marks, the officials said.
One of the victim’s friends said Noor and Zahir had known each other since childhood and moved in the same circle.
Noor practiced her religion and was kindhearted, but due to religious issues that emerged between them, they broke up two years ago, the friend said. She added after the breakup, the accused started sending abusive and threatening messages to her friends.
‘Revenge is the motive behind her murder,’ Noor’s friends
Meanwhile, talking to media at the house of the girl on Friday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Shahbaz Gill said the incident was a test case. “No one should be spared and all proceedings are conducted as per law.”
The victim’s family has expressed its reservations over some issues, said Gill, requesting the courts not to treat it as a routine case. He added the girl’s mother had yet not been able to come to terms with the tragedy.
“She was forcibly detained and subjected to torture and if the police had been informed in time, her life might have been saved,” Gill said, adding that the government stood with Noor’s family.
The girl’s father said the accused was arrested right before the body with weapons in his hands. “There is no doubt he did it,” he added.
The accused also tried to open fire at the Therapyworks team which reached the spot but fortunately, the bullet got stuck in the chamber, Mukadam said. It is a murder and attempted murder case, he said, adding the accused was a criminal-minded man.
He is a registered therapist at his mother’s clinic, the former ambassador said, adding that “my daughter was innocent and loved animals; I have served the nation, and I want justice”.
Mukadam said he was hopeful to get justice, adding that “I am a father and will not spare anyone if justice is denied to us”.
The details of what Zahir did to Noor are shocking and will leave you restless. We hope that justice is served in this case.
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