- Paternal and maternal families of Zahir Jaffer, the accused murderer of 27-year-old Noor Mukadam, have condemned his actions
The paternal and maternal families of Zahir Jaffer, the accused murderer of 27-year-old Noor Mukadam, have condemned his actions, saying that they will not support him in any form.
Zahir is accused of murdering and beheading Noor Mukadam, the daughter of Shaukat Mukadam who served as Pakistan's ambassador to South Korea and Kazakhstan, on July 20. Zahir is currently in police custody and charged with Noor Mukadam's murder.
The Jaffer family, Zahir's paternal side, extended their condolence, and announced denouncing Zahir forever.
"The Jaffer family extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Noor Mukadam," read the statement.
"We pray her soul rests in eternal peace. We know that no amount of time will bring back the joy you have lost nor ease your pain.
“Our shock and grief at this horrific act has led to a prolonged silence that we very much regret. However, we categorically condemn this atrocity and forever denounce Zahir and his actions,” it added.
The two conglomerates whose business interests range from pharmaceuticals to textile also distanced themselves from the ongoing investigation. Their statements come as there was speculation that the groups would try to wield influence to sway the course of the investigation.
However, the Jaffers have categorically denounced Zahir, while Adamjees have said they support the law taking its course.
No support in any form, say Adamjees
Meanwhile, the Adamjees, Zahir’s maternal family, also extended their condolence at Noor Mukadam's death.
“The Adamjee family strongly condemns the horrific murder of Noor Mukadam,” read a statement from the Adamjee family.
“We would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. This monstrous act has profoundly shocked us. We cannot begin to fathom their pain,” it reads.
"We have not and will not support Zahir Jaffer in any form. We whole-heartedly and unequivocally support the law of the land taking its course. Justice for Noor must and will be served."
The statement also included prayers for Amjad who was a first responder at the scene, and was then allegedly attacked by Zahir.
"Our prayers also go out to Amjad sahib, a first responder to the scene who was attacked," the statement added.
Meanwhile, investigators have reportedly recovered mobile phones of Noor Mukadam and Zahir.
Earlier, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police arrested the parents and household staff of suspect Zahir for 'hiding evidence and being complicit in the crime'.
In a statement, a police spokesman said that several people including Zahir's father Zakir Jaffer, mother Asmat Adamjee, and household staff Iftikhar and Jameel, have been rounded up and were included in the investigation based on the statement of the victim's father.