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

Erika Holt
April 16, 2018

LAHORE: Shots were fired at the residence of Supreme Court judge Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan on Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to Geo News.

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. The CJ is said to have summoned Punjab Police Inspector General.

Another bullet was recovered from the garage of the house.

The chief justice is monitoring the situation himself, said a statement issued by the apex court shortly after the attacks.

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

Judges of the Lahore High Court also visited the residence of Justice Ahsan soon after the incident.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the incident. They said they would stand by the judiciary and would not tolerate any attack on it.

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

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.

He was also part of the three-member bench hearing the 17 petitions against controversial Election Act 2017. The court had unanimously announced that the disqualification under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution was for a lifetime, sealing the political career of former Premier Nawaz Sharif and PTI's former Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for life.

He is also the monitoring judge of the ongoing corruption cases in accountability court, filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB), against Nawaz Sharif, his family and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.

Supreme Court judges, including Justice Ijaz, are now in the provincial capital hearing several cases at the apex court's Lahore registry.

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