JIT formed to probe firing incidents at SC judge's house

JIT formed to probe firing incidents at SC judge's house

Meanwhile, police have registered an FIR against unknown assailants for firing shots at the residence of Supreme Court judge Justice Ijazul Ahsan in Lahore.

According to the Supreme Court's PRO, Justice Ijazul Ahsan's residence was targeted twice - first at 4:30am and then 9:00am on Sunday.

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been constituted to probe two separate attacks at the house of Justice Ijazul Ahsan in Lahore's Model Town. The CJ is said to have summoned Punjab Police Inspector General.

Pakistan Bar Council, the lawyers' top regulatory body, all provincial councils, Supreme Court Bar Association, Lahore High Court Bar Association, Lahore Bar Association and other bars expressed serious concerns over the firing incident, and demanded immediate arrest of the attackers.

Another bullet was recovered from the garage of the house.

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has condemn the firing incident, directing the authorities to arrest the elements behind it.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan condemned the attack, stating: "Sicilian-mafia-like tactics to pressurise senior judiciary are unacceptable in any democracy". They said they would stand by the judiciary and would not tolerate any attack on it.

Ahsan was a member of the bench which heard high profile Panamagate case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and ultimately disqualified him. 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.

The bar leaders had also announced that Lawyers throughout Pakistan would protest on Monday, against the incident of firing on the house of apex court judge and would appear in courts wearing black arm bands and would also hold protest meetings in their bar rooms.

It merits mention here that Justice Ahsan had been appointed as monitoring judge to supervise the trial proceedings in the accountability court of Islamabad against former premier Nawaz Sharif, and members of his family.

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