ISLAMABAD: As the probe into Noor Mukadam’s murder deepens, investigators have found that Zahir Jaffer, the main suspect, made calls to several people in a desperate bid to salvage the...
ISLAMABAD: As the probe into Noor Mukadam’s murder deepens, investigators have found that Zahir Jaffer, the main suspect, made calls to several people in a desperate bid to salvage the situation.
Sources close to the investigation told Geo News on Thursday that Zahir called his father, a friend of his father and his own friends in the hours after he allegedly murdered Noor.
According to police sources, Zahir was ‘completely aware of his actions’ and was ‘cunningly trying to wriggle free of the situation.’
Calls to father and his friend
Sources said that the first call Zahir made was to his father at 7:29pm, which lasted 46 seconds.
Immediately after speaking to his father, Zahir called his father’s friend at 7:30pm, a conversation that lasted five minutes and 46 seconds.
‘I am in a terrible fix. Please help me. Come to my house immediately,’ Zahir said to his father’s friend.
This person asked Zahir what had happened and how grave the situation was.
‘Robbers have entered our house. I am alone. Please come quickly,’ Zahir responded.
The friend of his father said he will ‘try to do something.’
Feeling suspicious, this person then called Zahir’s father Zakir and asked him what was going on.
‘What is going on with your son? Something does not seem right. He has never called me before. I do not even have his number saved on my phone,’ he said.
He asked Zakir to go check up on his son. ‘I feel like he has gotten himself into a sticky situation,’ he said.
Zakir calls Therapy Works
Sources said that after speaking to his friend, Zakir called Therapy Works and uttered some strange words. He said: ‘Quickly go to the house. Zahir is trying to solicit a girl.’
Dr Tahir, who received the call, asked him what he meant by Zahir ‘soliciting a girl.’
‘Dr Tahir, you are a smart man. I am sure you understand what I mean. Please go quickly,’ Zakir replied.
Calls to friends
According to sources, Zahir Jaffer also made calls to his friends asking them to come over.
Sources said that he told some friends about robbers breaking into the house and others that he has been attacked.
A final call was made to a female friend, who he also asked for help.
‘This is a life-or-death situation. Please come quickly and bring your guards with you,’ he told her.
‘But what is the matter? Tell me something at least,’ she said.
‘It is a life-or-death situation,’ Zahir repeated, screaming. He told her once more to come quickly along with her guards.
‘But you must tell me what is going on,’ she insisted.
‘Dr Tahir has come to inject me with something. My mother and the doctor want me to get admitted to Therapy Works,’ he said.
Zahir Jaffer, the main suspect in the murder, is in police custody, with the court granting a three-day extension in his remand yesterday. Zahir will now be produced before the court on July 31.
His parents, Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, are on a 14-day judicial remand and were sent to Adiala Jail on Tuesday by a sessions court in Islamabad. They will be produced in court on August 10.
Besides the parents, two domestic workers, identified as Iftikhar and Jameel, are also on a 14-day judicial remand.
Following orders for the remand, Zahir’s parents turned in a request to the court for release on bail.
The court sent a notice to the police, informing them of the request, and also asking for a complete record of the case.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Sohail will decide on the matter of bail on July 30.
Noor, 27, was brutally murdered in the federal capital on July 20, in the city’s F-7 area, according to police.
She is the daughter of Shaukat Mukadam, who served as Pakistan’s ambassador to South Korea and Kazakhstan.
Islamabad police arrested Zahir on July 20 from his house where, according to Noor’s parents, he murdered her with a sharp instrument and severed her head.
The gruesome incident sparked a nationwide campaign seeking justice for her, with the hashtag JusticeforNoor becoming a top trend on Twitter.