Zahir Jaffer’s gardener, cook denied bail
An Additional District and Sessions court on Tuesday, September 14, rejected the post-arrest bail applications of two domestic workers facing charges of abetting their employer, prime accused Zahir Jaffer, in Noor Mukadam’s murder.
According to the Advocate Raja Rizwan Abbasi, counsel for Zahir Jaffer’s gardener Jan Mohammad, the charges for rape and murder did not apply to his client. Furthermore, his client was not named in the July 24 statement to the police. In the charge-sheet submitted to the court, the police held that Jan Mohammad had facilitated Mukadam’s murder by intercepting her attempt to escape and failing to report the crime.
Abbasi also further told the court that Noor had lied to her parents about going to Lahore.
Advocate Shah Khawar, counsel for the victim’s father Shaukat Mukadam, referred to CCTV footage of Noor’s attempts to escape Zahir’s house. He provided that she was stopped at the gate when she tried to leave, and would not have lost her life had she been allowed to escape. Khawar added that the victim had been detained by the prime accused for 46 hours, during which she made numerous attempts to flee but failed, until she was killed.
The sessions court also rejected the plea of Therapy Works CEO Dr. Tahir Zahoor Ahmed seeking registration of a criminal case against Zahir Jaffer and his parents, for the attempted murder of a Therapy Works employee by the prime accused. The employee was among a team of five that had arrived at Zahir’s residence immediately after he had killed Noor. Per the charge-sheet, Zahir’s father, Zakir Jaffer, had planned to dispose of the dead body with the aid of the Therapyworks team. Mehmood has also been identified as an abettor in the case for allegedly concealing facts.
Girl, minor boy raped in Punjab
A young woman and a minor boy were reportedly raped in separate incidents in Lahore on Tuesday.
In the first incident, one Sharafat and his two accomplices gang-raped a girl in a hotel within the jurisdiction of the Sattukatla police. According to the report, the rape survivor, who hails from Okara, had befriended the prime accused over the phone. She had come to Lahore to meet her aunt when she contacted Sharafat and asked to meet up.
The prime accused took her to a hotel where he and his two accomplices sexually assaulted her. Police arrested Sharafat after the case was registered while raids are being conducted to nab the co-accused.
In the second incident, an eleven-year-old boy was allegedly raped before being murdered by an unidentified suspect from a village near the India-Pakistan border. According to police, the victim’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a deserted building some hundred yards from his residence within the jurisdiction of Hadyara police.
An initial medical examination suggested that the boy might have been raped, however it can only be confirmed after a forensic analysis. Police say the killer had tried to mislead the investigation by posing the murder as a suicide.
Jamshoro villagers protest lack of drinkable water
Villagers on the call of the Sindh United Party (SUP) staged a protest in front of the Jamshoro Deputy Commissioner (DC) on Tuesday over the lack of drinkable water in some 350 villages in Kotri, Manjhand, Sehwan and Thana Bula Khan. The protesters were also joined by SUP activists and workers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM).
Speakers claimed that a private oil and gas exploration company had failed to utilise its corporate social responsibility funds to supply potable water to hundreds of water-scarce villages. Demonstrators announced that they will continue protests before the company’s main camps, and disrupt oil and ration supplies if drinkable water was not delivered to their villages.