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

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Melinda Barton | 16 April, 2018, 21:11

Two separate firing incidents were reported at the Lahore residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan, a judge at the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Policemen stand guard on a street - leading to the residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan, a judge at the Supreme Court of Pakistan, after unknown gunmen fired shots at the building - in Lahore, Pakistan, April 15, 2018.

Later on, forensic teams collected evidences and recovered bullet shells outside the house. There were no reports of anyone receiving injuries as a result of the firing.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar is reported to have reached the residence of Justice Ahsan in the morning and summoned the Punjab Inspector General to probe the case.

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.

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

The chief justice is believed to be personally overseeing the investigations.

Justice Ahsan is also the monitoring judge of the ongoing corruption cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, who started the legal proceedings against Nawaz Sharif and his family, said that the shooting incident may be a political motive to "pressurise" the judiciary. These Sicilian-mafia-like tactics to pressurise senior judiciary are unacceptable in any democracy.

"Struggle for peace and stability should continue", it said.

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 the bar councils across Pakistan have given strike call for Monday to protest against the firing incidents. He had taken oath as the new chief justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) in November 2015.

The Supreme Court Bar Association threatened to go on strike on Monday but after the appeal Chief Justice Saqib Nisar cancelled plan.