Rashid Reveals Details Regarding The Noor Mukaddam Case

On Tuesday, Sheikh Rashid, the Interior Minister, revealed that the government authorities had placed all the suspects linked to the brutal murder of Noor Mukaddam on the country’s no-fly list. The suspects included the parents of Zahir Jaffer, the prime accused of killing a woman, to ensure that they do not flee from Pakistan. 

The interior minister had been talking to Pakistani media in Islamabad when he stated that a meeting was held on Monday to discuss the progress being made in the case. He said that it was during this meeting that the decision was taken to put the suspects on the Exit Control List (ECL). 

Noor Mukaddam, daughter of a former diplomat of the country, was found gruesomely murdered on 20th July, in a posh neighborhood of the capital city. After investigation, police officials on the case decided to charge Zahir Jaffer with the murder. 

According to officials assigned to the case, the two had been friends, and Jaffer, a US national had lured Mukaddam to his home. He had held the daughter of the country’s former envoy to South Korea captive for a total of two days, before eventually murdering her. 

In his talk with the media, Rashid also revealed that the government is working hard to ensure that there are foolproof security arrangements for processions and majalis to be held in the month of Muharram. He further said that the government is making efforts for strict compliance with SOPs of the coronavirus. 

According to the minister, in order to maximize security in the holy month, relevant officials of the government decided to suspend all 3G and 4G services from the 1st of Muharram to the 10th, specifically in the recently merged districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). 

While appealing to mourners, the interior minister instructed them to strictly adhere to precautionary measures outlined by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), in order to prevent the rise in the number of infections in the country. He revealed that he had already talked to police chiefs and chief secretaries of all the provinces to ensure that foolproof security is provided to the Shia community. In his words, additional security measures will also be announced in the upcoming days. 

The media also questioned the interior minister regarding the Dasu bus attack. He said that enforcement agencies have successfully completed their investigation into the matter. As per Rashid, the foreign minister and Chinese officials will disclose the details of the attack at a time that they believe is appropriate. 

He further clarified that Pakistan is not interfering with actions in occupied Kashmir, as the Indian home minister claims. The minister said that the Line of Control (LoC) is fully fenced, and no Pakistani fighters were making their way into the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). He called out the Indian ministry for making baseless claims and asked them to provide evidence the next time they accuse Pakistan of doing something.