A 27-year-old Noor Mukaddam, daughter of former Pakistani Ambassador to Korea Shaukat Ali Mukadam, was beheaded with a sharp object in Sector F-7/4, Islamabad.
Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat said that Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police have arrested the accused named ‘Zahir Jaffar’ has been taken into police custody.
Investigators probing the murder of former ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam’s daughter are seeking criminal record, if any, of the alleged killer from the United States and the United Kingdom.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Investigation Attaur Rehman told Dawn that they had written to the relevant authorities to approach the US and UK for obtaining criminal record of the accused, Zahir Jaffer.
“The reason for seeking the criminal record is to verify information about his involvement in sexual harassment and rape cases in the UK, which led to his deportation from the country,” Mr Rehman said.
Besides, the interior ministry is being requested to place the name of the alleged killer on the Exit Control List (ECL), the SSP said, adding that the accused was a dual national of the US and Pakistan and was denying he murdered the girl.
“The police have recovered a pistol and a knife from the crime scene,” he added.
Giving details about the incident, the SSP said the girl, Noor Mukadam, had called her parents on Tuesday and informed them that she was travelling to Lahore.
“However, she was in Islamabad all the time and was in the house of the accused,” he said.
SSP Rehman further said her friends reached the house of the accused, but he refused to let them enter, adding that he remained on the balcony, brandishing weapons and hurling abuses at them.
Sensing the seriousness of the situation, one of the friends informed the girl’s father while another brought the matter to the notice of Kohsar police station, he said.
The Foreign Office has expressed shock over the murder of a former Pakistani diplomat’s daughter, hoping that the law enforcement agencies would bring the culprit to book.
Spokesman of Foreign Office Zahid Hafiz Chaudhri in a tweet on Wednesday expressed his grief over the murder of ex-diplomat Shaukat Muqaddam’s daughter. The FO hoped that the culprit would soon be brought to justice.