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Zahir Jaffer declared medically fit to stand trial

Zahir Jaffer has been declared medically fit to stand trial!

The doctors at Rawalpindi Central Jail Adialain a report submitted to the court on Thursday,  have declared Zahir Jaffer, primary accused in the Noor Mukadam murder case, medically completely fit.

The report stated that Zahir’s medical examination was conducted multiple times.

“The accused was also examined by a psychiatrist who declared that he is [mentally] fit,” the report added.

The medical report was presented before the Additional Sessions Judge Atta Rabbani at Thursday’s hearing.

However, the accused of the Noor Mukadam murder case Zahir Jaffer was brought to court on a strecher.

The scene of his arrival at the court become viral on social media, with netizens demanding justice for the victim Noor Mukadam.

 

He was brought to the court on a chair on Wednesday.

The court had ordered the jail authorities to conduct Jaffer’s medical checkup on Jan 15.

An application by Jaffer’s counsel to form a medical board for their client’s mental assessment was rejected earlier this month.

The order, issued on January 6, stated that the plea was filed when the trial was nearing its end and the matter had not been raised before the court earlier.

“Facts and attending circumstances reveal that the accused is not suffering from mental illness [and] such afterthought plea has been raised just to get rid of criminal liability,” the order read.

On Thursday, the defence counsel cross-questions the investigation officer.

The court adjourned the hearing till January 24.

Saman Siddiqui

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