Bullets fired twice at top court judge's house in Lahore

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

No casualties were reported in both incidents. The CJ is said to have summoned Punjab Police Inspector General.

Officers of the Special Branch and Forensics Agency will also be part of the team.

Police believe the shots were fired from roofs of surrounding houses and not the street in front of the house.

Police officials said the shell has been sent for forensic analysis, adding that they are also reviewing footage of CCTV cameras in the area.

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, condemning the incident, demanded that the government should probe it and bring the culprits to justice.

The TV channel reported that Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has reached the residence of the Supreme Court judge.

Meanwhile, the legal community announced to wear black armbands in protest on Monday.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also condemned incident of firing at the residence of Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan in Lahore, said a press release by the PM Office.

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Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident, ordering an investigation.

"The Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities at the federal and provincial level to bring the culprits to task at the earliest".

In a statement, Bilawal said intimidation of judges was an unpardonable act and those involved directly and indirectly in the firing incidents on the residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan should not go scot-free and deserved exemplary punishment.

"All stake holders should ensure secure environment for effective functioning of the state institutions and continue the efforts to consolidate improving peace and stability", the chief of Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.

Moreover, former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Asif Zardari called for a high-level investigation into the incident.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the incident.

Justice Ahsan was part of the five-member bench that heard the high-profile Panamagate case a year ago that led to the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, the then prime minister.

Justice Ahsan often spends the weekend in Lahore, his hometown, where he, along with the chief justice, presides over several cases related to public welfare issues and other matters at the Lahore registry. He was part of the five-member bench that disqualified the ex-premier in the Panama Papers case previous year.

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