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‘Flawed’ police probe results in release of five men in Noor murder case

ISLAMABAD: Police’s ‘flawed’ investigation into murder of former Pakistan envoy’s daughter Noor Muqaddam has been exposed as five, out of total 12 people nominated in the case, including Zahir Zakir Jafer, the main accused, were released after they managed to obtain bails.

It has emerged that police have named not a single person as an eyewitness in the case; not even the gardener and the security guard who were present at the time of commission of the crime. Rather they were nominated as suspects in the murder case.

And several witnesses named in the case, including policemen and doctors, are all state witnesses. Legal experts have said that ignoring eyewitnesses in the case amounts to benefitting accused in the case, particularly main accused namely Zahir Zakir Jaffer.

Even Khawaja Haris, counsel for the accused, has prayed to the court for the release of Zahir, his father Zakir and mother Asmat Adamji precisely for the same reason.

Earlier during the hearing of a bail petition filed by main accused’s parents in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), counsel for the state argued that the petition should be heard by a division, and not a single bench.

Justice Amir Farooq asked as to on what legal basis the petition should be heard by a division bench rather than a single bench.

Justice Farooq directed the counsel to ask the advocate general of Pakistan (AGP) to himself give arguments in the court. “Despite the sensitivity as well as extreme importance of the issue, you are behaving like this. The discussion on the case lasted for three days and still you are not prepared,” the judge remarked while addressing the state counsel.

Khawaja Haris, counsel for the main accused as well as his parents, prayed to the court to check whether orders had been given for the setting up of a special court to hear the murder case.

The IHC, on the occasion, directed the court staff to inquire from Registrar Office and Session Judge Office whether such a notification had been issued. NNI

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