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Shaukat Mukadam appeals against acquittal of Zahir Jaffer’s parents


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Shaukat Mukadam has filed an appeal in the Islamabad High Court against the acquittal of Zahir Jaffer’s parents and nine others accused in the murder case of his daughter Noor Mukadam.

The petition was filed by his lawyer Shah Khawar on Saturday.

Last month, an Islamabad sessions court had acquitted Asmat Adamjee, Zakir Jaffer, Therapy Works CEO Tahir Zahoor and six other employees, and Zahir’s cook Jameel Ahmed over lack of evidence.

Noor, 27, was killed on July 20 at the residence of Zahir Jaffer in Islamabad’s F-7/4 sector. The trial began in October. Zahir, his parents, and servants were among the 12 accused.

The appeal states that the trial court’s decision was “against the law” because the police have digital evidence against them. “The accused should be punished according to the law,” it added.

Earlier, Shaukat Mukadam had filed another appeal to increase the sentence of Zahir Jaffer and two of his employees, Jan Muhammad and Iftikhar, convicted in the case.

Zahir was handed the death sentence, while his servant were sentenced to ten years in prison.

The case

The Noor Mukadam case made headlines for its extraordinarily graphic detail. The young woman was found dead in Zahir Jaffer’s house located in Islamabad’s Sector F-7/4 on July 20. It was prominent not just because it emerged that the victim was beheaded and mutilated but also because Noor’s father Shaukat Mukadam is a former diplomat and it happened in an upscale neighbourhood.

Artwork with Noor Mukadam’s face

Read: Noor Mukadam case — timeline of arrests and eventful trial

The CCTV footage from the house showed that Noor leapt from the balcony in an attempt to escape but the security guard locked the gate to prevent her from leaving.

The medico-legal team said that they placed the time of death at around at 7pm. Their report contained gruesome details of how she was beheaded and butchered.

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