He attacked the police
Report by Adil Tanoli
Zahir Jaffer, the prime suspect in the Noor Mukadam murder case, was thrown out of an Islamabad sessions court Wednesday for interrupting and misbehaving with the judge.
Zahir was brought to court amid tight security. During the hearing, he repeatedly interrupted the judge. When the suspect was warned, he started passing inappropriate comments and hurled obscenities at the court.
Zahir said: "What's behind the curtains? We are waiting... what's behind the curtains?"
At one point, he hid behind the door, demanding to be heard. "This is my court. I want to say something. Everything I own is at stake."
He claimed that the hearing of the case was being dragged. "Even if I give you guys an opportunity to hang me, the case will still be dragged. This is a puppet show."
Judge Atta Rabbani immediately instructed the police to take him out of the courtroom. "This is just another one of his dramas," he said, adding that the court won't issue contempt notices but will conduct the trial in jail now.
When the police grabbed Zahir and forced him outside, he got riled up and attacked one of the officers. What followed were sticks. Four policemen beat Zahir up and locked him inside the court's lockup.
Meanwhile, three prosecution witnesses were cross-examined by the suspects' counsel Wednesday. They included ASI Muhammad Riaz, and map-maker Amir Shehzad, and Head Constable Firasat Fahim.
The court has summoned the medico-legal officer in the case, the crime scene in charge, and witnesses for the defense in the next hearing on November 10.
On October 20, the sessions court began the case trial of the Noor Mukadam murder case. Earlier, 12 suspects including the prime suspect Zahir Jaffer were indicted for the murder of Noor Mukadam, 27.
Other suspects included Zahir’s parents Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, Zahir’s employees Muhammad Iftikhar, Jameel Ahmed, and Muhammad Jan, and six Therapy Works employees including CEO Tahir Zahoor.