Former diplomat Shaukat Ali Mukadam appeared before the court today to provide testimony in the case of his daughter’s murder, and sought capital punishment for the primary accused, Zahir Jaffer, while recounting the day of the murder.
“Zahir Jaffer should be given a death sentence,” Ambassador Mukadam said, adding that he had no ‘personal enmity,’ but that his ‘daughter was unjustly killed.’
Mukadam told the court that on July 19, the day before his daughter Noor was killed, he and his wife returned to their house after completing some errands to find Noor was not home.
The worried parents called Noor’s phone but her mobile was turned off. Mukadam said that he began searching for his daughter and calling her repeatedly, until Noor finally picked up. She told her father that she was going to Lahore for a few days with her friends, and assured her parents not to worry. Noor’s phone was later found in a closet, confiscated by Zahir Jaffer.
“[On] July 20 — I know Zahir’s family — Zahir called me on two numbers in the afternoon and said Noor was not with him,” Noor’s father recalled.
Regrettably, that night, Mukadam was summoned to the Kohsar police station, where he learned that his daughter had been killed.
He was then taken by police to Zahir Jaffer’s house, where he saw his daughter had been ‘brutally murdered and decapitated.’
Earlier this month, the court denied Zahir Jaffer’s request for a mental health assessment by a medical board.