US embassy in Islamabad reacts over the issue of meeting the killer of Noor Mukadam
ISLAMABAD – In another development in the barbaric killing of Noor Mukadam, an official of the US Embassy in Pakistan Tuesday met Zahir Jaffer who confessed to committing the heinous crime.
Reports quoting sources said US officials requested the federal capital police to meet Jaffer as he is a dual national of the US and Pakistan.
Law enforcers gave permission to the embassy staff for the meeting, which took place in the office of a top cop where the accused was brought from the Islamabad district and sessions courts. The embassy official first met him in the presence of cops and later discussed the matter in the police officers’ absence.
Report of leading daily said the US embassy spokesperson, Heather Eaton, when approached for a comment on the matter, refused to comment on the case due to privacy concerns. The spox also negated divulging any information when asked if the embassy was following the case or was in contact with any authority.
Soon after the meeting, the official handle of the US Embassy in Pakistan shared a tweet. “In a foreign country, US citizens are subject to that country’s laws and when Americans are arrested abroad, the Embassy can check on their well-being and provide a list of lawyers, but cannot provide legal advice, participate in court proceedings or effect their release”, the tweet reads.