But Jaffer grabbed her and forced her back
A court in Islamabad has sentenced Zahir Jaffer to death for the torture and murder of Noor Mukadam.
The daughter of former diplomat Shaukat Mukadam, Noor was found murdered at Jaffer’s home in Islamabad on July 20, 2021.
Shaukat subsequently filed a police complaint.
According to his complaint, Shaukat had gone to Rawalpindi on July 19 to buy a goat while his wife had gone to pick up clothes from her tailor.
When they returned home in the evening, Noor was missing.
They also found that her phone was switched off.
They began a search but a short while later, Noor called her parents to say that she was travelling to Lahore with some friends and would return in a few days.
Shaukat later received a call from Jaffer, whose families knew each other. He said that Noor was not with him.
But on July 20, Shaukat received a call from Kohsar Police Station, informing him that Noor had been murdered.
The FIR said that police took the complainant to Jaffer’s house where his “daughter had been brutally murdered with a sharp-edged weapon and beheaded”.
Jaffer was arrested. His parents and household staff were also arrested over allegations of “hiding evidence and being complicit in the crime”.
Six officials of Therapy Works, where Jaffer worked, had visited the murder site before police. They were also charged.
During the case, Shaukat’s lawyer said Jaffer had claimed that he and Noor were in a relationship and that Noor was murdered by someone who had attended a drug party.
But it was said that no such party was ever held at Jaffer’s house.
It was heard that an injured Noor jumped from the balcony in an attempt to escape.
But Jaffer grabbed her and forced her back into the house.
Police later revealed that Jaffer had confessed to the murder, saying he intended to kill Noor if she refused his marriage proposal.
His DNA and fingerprints confirmed his involvement in the murder.
Jaffer was sentenced to death for premeditated murder.
His co-accused, Mohammad Iftikhar and Mohammad Jan, were each jailed for 10 years for abetment to murder.
But Jaffer’s parents, Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, and the Therapy Works employees were acquitted.
Shaukat Mukadam had sought “maximum punishment” for the accused.
Speaking about Judge Ata Rabbani, Shaukat said:
“He has conducted a fair and transparent trial.”
He added: “It was a difficult time but I had full faith in my daughter. Noor Mukadam was a good girl and she was not involved in anything wrong.”
Following the verdict, Shaukat hailed the sentence handed to Jaffer.
He said: “An exemplary punishment has been given to the primary accused.
“Everyone was praying [for justice]. The whole nation and world were with us.”