Zahir Jaffer once more refuses to rent counsel


Zahir Jaffer, the prime suspect within the Noor Mukadam homicide case, on Wednesday refused to signal the facility of legal professional to be eligible to have egal illustration and insisted that he would have a lawyer of his personal alternative.

When advocate Malik Amjad Ali appeared earlier than the court docket and claimed to be the lawyer of the prime suspect Zahir Jaffer, Judge Atta Rabbani directed him to submit energy of legal professional. The prime suspect was introduced within the courtroom to signal the facility of legal professional, nevertheless, he refused to signal it saying that he would rent a lawyer of his personal alternative solely after seeing his capabilities.

He denied that Malik Amjad was his lawyer and stated his lawyer was a barrister with whom he would seek the advice of.

Asad Jamal, the lawyer of Zahir’s mom, stated that Amjad is an skilled and senior lawyer and he has been appointed by his household.At this, the prime suspect stated that he didn’t want his recommendation and he didn’t suppose he was being guided rightly within the case.

He stated Amjad might have been a senior lawyer however he would speak to him afterward.

Zahir Jaffer stated in a loud tone, “I have denied him to represent me and nobody is representing me”.

When the statements of the witnesses have been being recorded, Zahir Jaffer requested the choose to rearrange consuming water for him within the courtroom. Police offered him with a water bottle.

During the listening to of the homicide case, Shaukat Muqqadam, the plaintiff within the Noor Muqqadam homicide case, demanded to probe the circulation of CCTV footage of the incident on the web and sought motion towards these concerned in leaking it.

During the listening to, the suspects’ legal professionals denied any involvement in making the video viral or handing it to anyone and supported investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, the lawyer of the suspect Asmat Adam, Asad Jamal, has filed a petition for the supply of full CCTV footage of the incident.

Read Noor Mukadam case: Defense requests full CCTV footage

The lawyer of the suspect Tahir Zahoor, Akram Qureshi, filed a petition pleading with the court docket to challenge instructions to PEMRA to bar information channels from working information of the case. Witness ASI Dost Muhammad recorded his testimony and the suspects’ legal professionals cross-examined him

ASI stated they recovered Rs59,000 and 4 completely different ATM playing cards from Zahir’s possession on the time of the arrest.

Dr Shazia additionally recorded her assertion and stated that Dr Sara carried out the post-mortem below her supervision.

The layer Akram Qureshi stated Dr Shazia didn’t do autopsy herself, sustaining she couldn’t be a witness.

Answering completely different questions, Dr Shazia stated the post-mortem was carried out at 9 am and it was the obligation day of Dr Sara on July 21. She stated Dr Usman was the primary one who carried out the autopsy of Noor Muqqadam.

When requested who permitted one other post-mortem, she stated they didn’t search permission from anybody.

The suspects’ legal professionals raised objections to the autopsy report after the statements.

The prosecution and suspects’ legal professionals filed miscellaneous petitions and affidavits searching for an inquiry into the leak of CCTV footage of the incident.

Judge Atta Rabbani stated that he didn’t want to identify anybody however knew how the video went viral, including that he had strictly directed the police to make sure the video ought to stay confidential.

The listening to of the case was adjourned till November 24.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2021.

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