A sessions court in Islamabad on Thursday dismissed bail application filed by the parents of Zahir Zakir Jaffer — key suspect in Noor Mukadam’s murder — and noted in its “tentative assessment” that the suspects “not only caused abetment but also made utmost efforts to wipe off evidence”. The decision was announced by Additional Sessions Judge Sheikh Muhammad Sohail, who had reserved the verdict yesterday (Wednesday) on the petition by Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee. “The way the things have gone through leads me to observe that there is reasonable ground to believe that petitioners/accused have committed non-bailable offences. As such, I am not inclined to grant bail to the petitioners/accused and consequently, the instant post-arrest bail application is hereby dismissed,” the detailed court judgement reads, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com. Mentioning Noor’s failed escape, the judgement noted that the parents had been in constant contact with Zahir and had “prompt information” of the incident. Despite that, they had sent personnel from a rehabilitation centre instead of immediately alerting the police, it added.
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