Zahir Zakir being escorted to his hearing in the Noor Mukadam murder case.

Zahir Jaffer, the suspected killer of Noor Mukadam, has been formally charged for the crime by the Islamabad High Court on Thursday.

Besides Jaffer, two of the family’s employees — Jamil and Jan Mohammad — were also indicted, along with the Chief Executive Officer of Therapy Works, Tahir Zahoor.

Additional sessions judge Atta Rabbani indicted a total of six people in the case and all the accused were brought to the court from Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.

Meanwhile, the court has summoned the prosecution witnesses on October 20 and directed that the trial must be commenced immediately and be completed within two months.  

THE MURDER: Noor Mukadam, 27, was raped and murdered on July 20 in the limits of the ​Kohsar police station in Islamabad’s F-7 area. A murder case was registered at on the complaint of Noor’s father, former Pakistani ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam.

The Islamabad police had arrested suspect Zahir the same night from his house where, according to Noor’s parents, he killed her with a sharp instrument and beheaded her.

The gruesome incident sparked a nationwide campaign seeking justice for her, with #JusticeforNoor becoming a top trend on Twitter.

The story was filed by the News Desk.
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