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Noor murder case: IHC judge advises counsel to hire hacker to access victim’s phone

ISLAMABAD – The courtroom sent into laughter on comments of Justice Aamer Farooq during the hearing on the Noor Mukadam case as he advised counsel to get help from a hacker who told the court that the password of the victim’s iPhone couldn’t be traced.

The unusual remarks from the judge made headlines in local media when it advised an ‘out of the box’ solution to the counsel. The development came as the Islamabad High Court bench earlier today reserved its verdict over bail petitions of the parents of Zahir Jaffer.

Reports cited that the court reserved the decision after the conclusion of arguments of both sides. Advocate Shah Khawar, who represents plaintiff Shaukat Mukadam, objected to the bail and termed the incident as a horrific killing. Suspects should not be granted bail, he prayed before the court while adding that the case should be heard in a special court.

Meanwhile, the judge said it seems you [plaintiff’s lawyer] want to delay the trial on which the lawyer negated the comment while clarifying that this is not the objective of his request.

Furthermore, the court directed the lawyer to explain how Zahir’s parents and the employees of Therapy Works were in touch on which he added that the prime accused was in touch with parents all the time as they are connected to the gruesome killing of Noor Mukadam.

Meanwhile, the cops told the court that Zahir Jaffer’s cellphone has been damaged as its screen was broken. They further added that they failed to trace the password of Noor’s Smartphone.

Justice Farooq then advised them to hire a hacker from the market and reserved the verdict.

In another development in the case, Zahir among six of the accused was produced before IHC by the law enforcers including CEO Therapy Works.

The IHC bench has fixed October 6 for the indictment of 12 accused in the murder. Zahir Jaffer, his parents Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, three employees Iftikhar, Jan Muhammad, and Jameel along with six Therapy Works employees including Tahir Zahoor, Amjad, Dilip Kumar, Abdul Haq, Wamiq, and Samar Abbas will be indicted in the first week of the next month. Copies of the challan were distributed among the accused.

On Wednesday, the court granted respite to the lawyers of Therapy Works’ employees for preparation in the case. The accused prayed before the court for more time to prepare a case.

Earlier, Justice Amir remarked that this case would set precedence for criminal cases in Pakistan.

Let it be known that the prime suspect Zahir Jaffer, his parents, and Therapy Works employees were found guilty in the case. The victim, Noor Mukadam, had been killed allegedly by her partner Zahir Jaffer, in the vicinity of Kohsar police station in the country’s federal capital.

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