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Noor murder case: Zahir Jaffer's parents file plea in Supreme Court for post-arrest bail

06 اکتوبر 2021
As the trial initiated in the Islamabad's session court on Wednesday, Judge Atta Rabbani delayed indictment of the accused in Noor's murder case. File photo
As the trial initiated in the Islamabad's session court on Wednesday, Judge Atta Rabbani delayed indictment of the accused in Noor's murder case. File photo

After the Islamabad High Court dismissed post-arrest bail pleas of the parents of Zahir Jaffer, the prime suspect in Noor's murder, they approached the Supreme Court on Wednesday to appeal against the verdict.

In the verdict, the high court ordered the session court to complete the trial in eights weeks and ordered Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, Zahir's parents, to remain in judicial custody till the trial was completed.

According to a Geo News report Advocate Khwaja Harris on behalf of Zahir's parents filed the petition in the apex court which questioned whether not informing the police about the "incident" counts as assistance in crime.

Quoting the petition, the report said the IHC has wrongly reviewed Section 107 of the Pakistan Penal Code as well as they did not provide how they ascertained the parents involvement.

It further stated there was no evidence related to Zakir and Asmat knowing about their son's intentions.

The petitioner in the plea said the police have not presented complete challan of the case in the session court yet, while the IHC has exceeded its authority by ordering completion of the trial in two months.

It maintained that the order of the IHC goes against the rules of transparency in a trial and rights of accused in the case. The order of completing a trial in the specified time will also affect the accused's right to defend the case.

The petition also stated the police investigation is biased, while the accused are unable to defend their case if they remain under judicial custody as contact with lawyers is difficult to maintain in prison.

In another development of Noor's murder case, as the trial began in Islamabad's session and judge court, Judge Atta Rabbani delayed indictment of the accused in the case.

The court will issue verdict on two pleas submitted by the accused's lawyers.

During the trial, Zahir, his parents, their household staff, Therapy Works CEO Tahir Zahoor and employees of the psychotherapy centre attended the hearing.

As the hearing continued after a break, the lawyers of the accused filed three applications in the court asking for a complete record of the challan.

Quoting Article 10 A of the Constitution which orders the right to fair trial, it was maintained in the application that supporting documents must be provided with the challan before the indictment.

Zahir's lawyer maintained that he was unwell for three days.

In an exchange of words between the judge and Zahir, the prime accused asked the court to allow him free speech in the court. The judge, in his reply, told him to convey his message through the lawyer.

The court suspended indictment of accused in the case and adjourned the hearing till Thursday.