Police investigation holds Zahir Jaffer guilty
The Homicide Investigation Unit of the Kohsar Police in Islamabad held Zahir Jaffer guilty of murdering Noor Mukadam on July 20 and named his parents, Therapy Works CEO Tahir Zahoor and several other suspects as accomplices in a challan submitted on Saturday, August 28.
27-year-old Noor, the daughter of a former diplomat, was held captive and tortured for days at Jaffer’s home in Sector F-7/4 before she was ultimately killed and beheaded.
Jaffer’s parents and house staff were allegedly aware of Noor’s captivity and attempted to keep it under wraps. CCTV footage procured from the residence showed the victim jumping from the balcony in an attempt to escape, however a guard closed the gate on her while Jaffer dragged her back inside.
Therapy Works patients have claimed of receiving therapy from Jaffer, whom the institute denied was authorized clinical practice. Reportedly, a Therapy Works team was sent to the residence to control the situation after receiving a call from the suspect’s father, Zakir Jaffer.
The team was the first to discover Noor’s beheaded body, and managed to subdue the suspect who managed to stab one of the team members.
On Friday, August 27, a court issued notices to Zahoor and five Therapy Works employees after they had been nominated in the case following a statement from Jaffer. In the challan, police requested the court to penalize the other suspects for attempting to conceal the crime from the police.
Asma Rani’s father ‘pardons’ murderer
In a video uploaded to social media, Asma Rani’s father, Ghulam Dastageer, announced that he has forgiven his daughter’s murderer, Mujahidullah Afridi, and invited elders of the Marwat tribe to observe the settlement. Dastageer mentioned that he has not demanded any blood money, and that he had chosen to pardon Afridi “for Allah’s sake.”
Asma Rani, a medical student enrolled at the Ayub Medical College in Abbottabad, was gunned down by Afridi in broad daylight in Kohat on January 27, 2018. The accused had allegedly murdered her for rejecting his marriage proposal.
Afridi was arrested by the International Police from Sharjah, UAE. Rani’s family had claimed to have been approached by the accused’s family for a settlement, and expressed worry as to their security after District and Sessions Judge Ashfaq Taj on June 25, 2021, awarded Afridi the death penalty. Siddiqullah and Shahzeb, who were named as accomplices, were summarily acquitted.
Several Marwat leaders opposed the settlement.
Woman accuses Sindh MPA of attempt on life
Umm-e-Rubab Chandio has accused Sindh MPA Sardar Khan Chandio of attempting to kill her in a car “accident” on the Indus Highway in Dadu district on Saturday, an allegation denied by Sardar Khan.
Rubab is currently fighting a case against the accused for the alleged murder of her grandfather Karamullah Chandio, her father Mukhtiar Chandio and her uncle Qabil Chandio outside their home in Dadu on January 17, 2018.
The accident occurred when both parties were returning to Mehar after attending a hearing in Dadu court, when one of the vehicles in which Sardar Khan’s guards were travelling in attempted to overtake Rubab’s car but instead crashed into a parked sedan. In a video of the accident recorded by Rubab and a Rangers personnel, the vehicle can be seen converging on Rubab’s car before it hits the sedan.
Sardar Khan has refuted Rubab’s claims, stating that three of his bodyguards had been injured and that they had no intention of hurting her. However, Rubab has stated that she will press charges against the MPA for attempted murder.