Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

JIT to investigate firing incident at Justice Ijazul Ahsan's residence

JIT to investigate firing incident at Justice Ijazul Ahsan's residence

After the incident, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar reached there and called Inspector General of Punjab Police Arif Nawaz Khan on the site.

Unidentified assailants fired gunshots at the Supreme Court judge's house in two separate incidents.

Later on, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also released a condemnation message and directed for the early arrest of those responsible.

A statement said that the chief justice himself is monitoring the situation.

On July 28 a year ago, a five-judge bench of the apex court unanimously disqualified Sharif and directed the NAB to file references against him, his sons - Hassan and Hussain Nawaz - daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar and Ishaq Dar.

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. Zardari said the firing is very serious matter. "PTI stands firmly behind the Judiciary & rule of law & this is one reason behind our (upcoming) 29th April Minar-i-Pakistan jalsa".

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Additional IG Muhammad Tahir will head the probe, which includes DIG Investigation Sultan Chaudhry and representatives of Military Intelligence (MI), Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), and Intelligence Bureau (IB) as its members, according to Punjab government spokesman Malik Ahmad Khan.

Opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah said a complete investigation should be carried out into the attack and demanded of the government to take foolproof security measures for judges' security.

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

Similarly, Shehbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister for Punjab, took notice of the incident, advising the province's top cop to round up the culprits.

"All stakeholders should ensure [a] secure environment for [the] effective functioning of the state institutions and continue the efforts to consolidate improving peace and stability".

Justice Nisar thanked the Supreme Court Bar Association and Pakistan Bar Council for expressing solidarity with Justice Ijazul Ahsan.

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