Trial in Noor murder adjourned on request of defense

ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court in Islamabad Wednesday adjourned until December 1 further proceedings in the murder of the daughter of a former diplomat on the request of the defense.

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

A first information report registered on the complaint of Ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam, Mukadam’s father, nominated Zakir under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Zakir’s parents — Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee — domestic staff and six workers of Therapy Works — an Islamabad-based organisation providing mental health services that employed Zakir and Adamjee — were arrested days later on charges of abetting the murder.

A total of 12 people have been facing the probe on multiple charges.

On Wednesday, Zakir and the other accused were produced in court. Zakir’s counsel, Zulqarnain Saleem Sikandar, was also present.

The court recorded the statement of a prosecution witness, Muhammad Jabir.

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