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Zahir Jaffer’s remand extended for 2 more days as more info emerges from his polygraph test

Investigators have obtained more details from the polygraph test of killer Zahir Jaffer

ISLAMABAD: Remand of heartless killer of Noor Mukadam, Zahir Zakir Jaffer was extended for two more days today as investigators have got more details from the polygaph test of Zahir.

The polygraph test the accused was conducted in Lahore on July 30, 2021.

A district and sessions court in Islamabad today extended the physical remand of Zahir Zakir Jaffer — the primary suspect in Noor Mukadam’s brutal murder case as new details and characters found in CCTV footage appeared in the test.

The suspect was produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate Shoaib Akhtar today under tight security following the completion of his three-day remand granted earlier in the week.

As the court proceedings began, the state prosecutor asked the court for a three-day extension in Jaffer’s physical remand – a request also backed by the plaintiff’s attorney.

The complainant’s counsel argued that new details and characters were found from the analysis of 40 hours of CCTV footage, which require more investigation and thus the extension was sought. The court was informed that the details and individuals seen in the video footage will be made a part of the investigation.

Jaffer’s counsel, however, opposed the extension request and questioned the need for further physical remand when a polygraph test (lie detector test) was already conducted.

However, the court accepted the extension request and remanded Jaffer for two more days to police custody for further investigation. The police was ordered to produce the suspect before the court on August 2 (Monday).

Noor, 27, daughter of former Pakistani diplomat Shaukat Mukadam, was found murdered at a residence in Islamabad’s upscale Sector F-7/4 on July 20.

Before her brutal murder, the accused tortured Noor Mukadam mercilessly with punches, kicks, knuckleduster, and then beheaded her in Islamabad.

A first information report (FIR) was registered later the same day against Jaffer, who was arrested from the site of the murder, under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the victim’s father.

In his complaint, Shaukat Mukadam had stated that he had gone to Rawalpindi on July 19 to buy a goat for Eidul Azha, while his wife had gone out to pick up clothes from her tailor. When he had returned home in the evening, the couple found their daughter Noor absent from their house in Islamabad.

They had found her cellphone number to be switched off, and started a search for her. Sometime later, Noor had called her parents to inform them that she was travelling to Lahore with some friends and would return in a day or two.

The complainant said he had later received a call from the suspect, son of Zakir Jaffer, whose family were the ex-diplomat’s acquaintances. The suspect had informed Shaukat that Noor was not with him, the FIR said.

At around 10pm on July 20, the victim’s father had received a call from Kohsar police station, informing him that Noor had been murdered.

Police had subsequently taken the complainant to Zahir’s house in Sector F-7/4 where he discovered that his daughter has been brutally murdered with a sharp-edged weapon and beheaded, according to the FIR.

Shaukat Mukadam, who identified his daughter’s body, has sought the maximum punishment under the law against Zahir for allegedly murdering his daughter.

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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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