ISLAMABAD: The attorney for Zahir Jaffer, the main accused in the Noor Mukadam murder case, made a petition in court on Wednesday, claiming that his client is “suffering from a serious mental condition” and should be checked by a medical board to ascertain his mental state.
Zahir is suspected of raping and killing Noor a few months ago at his home in Islamabad’s F-7 district. The heinous crime sent shockwaves across the country, prompting calls for Zahir to be harshly punished.
On October 14, a trial court charged him along with 11 others, including his parents.
Zahir’s attorney, Advocate Sikandar Zulqarnain Saleem, submitted an insanity plea in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Atta Rabbani.
It claimed that Zahir “is suffering from a severe mental disorder that must be evaluated by an authorised medical board in accordance with the orders of the legislative and local and international law.”
The lawyer representing Noor’s father, Shaukat Mukadam, Shah Khawar, acknowledged that Zahir’s counsel had submitted an insanity plea on his client’s behalf.
“Zahir Jaffer yelled many times in the courtroom, and he was kicked out,” said Khawar, noting that the lawyer has requested that a medical board be formed to undertake Zahir’s medical examination.
“Perhaps Zahir Jaffer has been told to act like a mental patient,” he speculated. “Because when a judge finds a suspect crazy, their trial is stayed,” he explained.
He believes Zahir Jaffer’s desire to organise a medical board was a “planned” conduct.
Noor Mukadam’s murder has attracted national attention owing to the terrible and cruel manner in which the victim was reportedly murdered earlier this year by Zahir.
Shaukat Mukadam, Noor’s father, was Pakistan’s ambassador to South Korea and Kazakhstan.
The Islamabad police seized suspect Zahir on the night of July 20 from his residence, where he allegedly murdered Noor with a sharp tool and severed her head, according to her parents.