Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

JIT to investigate firing at house of SC judge

JIT to investigate firing at house of SC judge

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) voicing concerns over firing on residence of Supreme Court (SC) Judge, Justice Ijazul Ahsan in Lahore has demanded of the Chief Minister (CM) Punjab to step down.

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

Rangers and police cordoned off the area and were conducting a search operation.

Another bullet was recovered from the garage of the house.

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 a spokesperson for the Government of Punjab, the JIT, to be headed by additional inspector-general of police (IG) Muhammad Tahir, will comprise Sultan Chaudhry, the deputy inspector-general for investigation, alongside representatives from the Military Intelligence (MI), Inter-Services Intelligence (IS), and Intelligence Bureau (IB).

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

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari also condemned the firing and demanded an independent inquiry.

Chairman PTI Imran Khan in a message on social media website twitter on Sunday strongly condemned the incident of firing on residence of SC judge and termed it failure of the provincial government.

The PTI chief further tweeted that PTI stands firmly behind the Judiciary & Rule of Law & this is one reason behind party's 29th April Minar-e-Pakistan jalsa.

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

"Lawyers of the whole country are standing with the Supreme Court judges", SCBA Secretary Safdar Tarar said in a statement, while LHCBA President Anwarul Haq said the lawyers were soldiers of the SC judges.

A first information report (FIR) was consequently filed against unidentified persons, with charges comprising attempted murder as well as a violation of the anti-terrorism act.

Justice Ijaz was one of the judges who announced the verdict of disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama Leaks case. 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.

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

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