Police arrest suspect’s parents, domestic staff for ‘hiding evidence’ in Noor murder

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad police have arrested the parents and domestic staff of the prime suspect for “hiding evidence” and “being complicit” in the cold-blooded murder of a former diplomat’s daughter, Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat announced late on Saturday.

Earlier today, the police presented Zakir Jaffar and Asmat Adamjee, the parents, before a judicial magistrate to secure a physical remand.

Noor Mukadam, 27, was found murdered at the residence of Zahir Zakir in Sector F-7/4 of Islamabad on Tuesday. Zakir, widely believed to be the killer, was arrested the same day for his purported involvement in the gruesome incident.

A first information report was registered late on Tuesday and nominated Zakir under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of Ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam.

In a press statement issued late Saturday, a spokesperson for Islamabad police said several people including Zakir’s parents and two domestic helpers — Iftikhar and Jameel — were included in the probe based on the ambassador’s statement.

In addition, people who are connected to the case as witnesses or in any other capacity were also being included in the investigation, it said. Evidence was also being collected from all the people, it disclosed.

Meanwhile, sealing orders were issued for Therapy Works — an Islamabad-based drug addiction treatment centre that purportedly employed Zakir as a therapist, Shafqaat said.

Earlier on Friday, Islamabad police chief Qazi Jamilur Rehman instructed the investigation team probing the murder to seek the placement of Zakir’s name on the Exit Control List to keep him from fleeing the country.

The Investigators are also seeking the suspect’s criminal record, if any, from the United States and the United Kingdom.

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