The plea comes four months after the heinous murder, through the primary accused’s lawyer.
Previously, authorities stated that Zahir Jaffer was mentally sound and in his senses when he was apprehended at the crime scene in late July.
During today’s proceedings, which were presided over by Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani, the principal accused’s counsel, Sikandar Zulqarnain, filed a plea claiming that his client was “mentally sick.”
According to the petition, the accused suffers from schizophrenia as a result of drug use and was in the same mental state on the day of the murder.
It went on to say that Zahir Jaffer acted erratically in court because of his mental state, and that when the court indicted all the accused, including Zahir Jaffer, he did not answer because he could not understand the court processes.
Although the court had witnessed the accused’s mental state, it continued to record witness testimony in the accused’s absence, according to the petition, adding that the accused was also deprived of the right to a fair trial under Article 10A.
The counsel also asked the court to appoint a medical board and undertake a mental health examination of the accused.
Zahir Jaffer had already been thrown out of the courtroom for disorderly behaviour and throwing insults at the presiding judge on at least two occasions.
On July 20, Noor Mukadam, the 27-year-old daughter of a former Pakistani diplomat, was assassinated in Islamabad’s F-7/4 neighbourhood. On the same day, Zahir Jaffer was apprehended at the crime scene. The incident caused popular indignation and garnered media attention.
Zahir Jaffer’s parents and staff have also been arrested on charges of abetment and concealment of evidence. According to the challan, employees of Therapy Works attempted to cover up the crime and destroyed evidence.