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Noor Mukadam murder: Suspect was 'sound and in his senses' when arrested, police say

Noor Mukadam murder: Suspect was 'sound and in his senses' when arrested, police say

The suspect who allegedly brutally killed the daughter of a former Pakistani diplomat in Islamabad was completely "sound and in his senses" when arrested from the murder scene, the police officer supervising the investigation of the case said on Thursday.

Noor Mukadam, 27, daughter of Shaukat Mukadam, was found murdered at a residence in the capital's upscale Sector F-7/4 on Tuesday.

A friend of the woman, identified as Zahir Zakir, was arrested over his alleged involvement in the murder, with police saying he is the son of "a leading businessman of the country".

While addressing a press conference to address what he said were different claims on social media about the killing, SSP (Investigation) Ataur Rehman was asked about the widely rumoured drug abuse history of the suspect, Zahir.

In response, SSP Rehman said while the drug usage was not the domain of the police investigation, "when we arrested him, he was sound and in his senses. He may have had a past history [of taking drugs] but at least at this time he was completely in his senses."

The senior police officer said the suspect was tied with ropes by some people whom he had attacked after killing Noor, before police arrived at the scene.

Police initially said the victim was “slaughtered” after being shot at. Another person was also injured in the incident.

The grisly murder sparked fresh debate about the safety of women in the federal capital, with the hashtag #JusticeForNoor attracting tens of thousands of tweets.

This was reportedly the third brutal attack on a woman in the country in the past few days.

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