On Monday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) upheld the death sentence for Zahir Jaffer, the convicted murderer in the Noor Mukadam case. Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Ijaz Ishaq Khan announced the verdict, which was previously reserved on December 21, 2022.
In addition to the murder charge, the high court also sentenced Jaffer to death in the rape case. The 10-year sentences of the other convicts, Iftikhar and Jan Muhammad, were also upheld.
Noor Mukadam was found brutally murdered in Islamabad’s upscale F-7/4 sector on July 20, 2021. Following the discovery of her body, Jaffer was arrested as the prime suspect in the case.
A sessions court in Islamabad had previously handed down the death penalty to Zahir Jaffer for the murder of Noor Mukadam on February 24, 2022. The employees of Jaffer, watchman Muhammad Iftikhar, and gardener Muhammad Jan, were also sentenced to 10 years in prison for abetting in the act.
However, Additional Sessions Judge Atta Rabbani acquitted Jaffer’s parents, Zakir Jaffer and Ismat Adamjee, as well as other suspects in the case, including Therapy Works employees, from the charge of abetment.
The death sentence awarded to the convict was subject to confirmation by the Islamabad High Court (IHC).