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

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2018

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.

No casualties were reported in the attacks, one of which took place around 10:45pm on Saturday and the other at 9:10am on Sunday.

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

The chief justice is personally monitoring the issue at the moment.

According to police officials, the judge's private security guard, Din Mohammad, discovered a 9mm bullet casing inside the residence at 6am on Sunday after which the police were called in. He also asked the Punjab inspector general (IG) to submit a report on the incident.

As per the preliminary spatial observations by Crime Scene Unit (CSU), the bullet could be stray and on the final stage of its parabolic trajectory fired from a distance, said the report, adding that a search operation has been conducted on the probable direction of the bullet trajectory.

The personal secretary to Sharif, who visited the Supreme Cout's residence to meet him, was refused a meeting by the SC administration.

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

Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan was part of the five-member bench that disqualified former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after he was found guilty of laundering money post the Panama Papers leak.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the incident. "PTI stands firmly behind the Judiciary & rule of law & this is one reason behind our (upcoming) 29th April Minar-i-Pakistan jalsa". He was part of the bench which disqualified Nawaz in the Panama Papers case past year. The bench ruled that an individual disqualified under Article 62 and 63 can not hold the chairmanship of a political party, leading to Nawaz Sharif losing the presidency of PML-N.

He was elevated to the bench in 2009 and was confirmed as a judge of the Lahore High Court in 2011.

He is now the monitoring judge to supervise and monitor the implementation of the Panamagate case verdict and oversee the ongoing proceedings by the NAB and accountability courts against the Sharif family members and Ishaq Dar.

Anwarul Haq, President Lahore Hight Court Bar, has called the incident an attack on Judiciary.

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